As the Treasury announces plans this week to allocate another £5bn to boost housebuilding and measures to speed up the planning process, Alexandra Albert says we must also demand action on the hundreds of thousands of homes lying empty. As this week’s announcements show, the housing crisis remains a primary concern for policymakers, as well […]
The UK’s housing crisis
The Government aims to build one million more homes by 2020, the Prime Minister has announced. Michelle Custodio puts the need for more homes in perspective. How many more homes does the UK need? Back in May last year, the then business secretary Vince Cable argued that the UK should build an extra 300,000 a […]
Whose housing crisis is it?
Shelter says there is a housing crisis, while the Bank of England fears an unsustainable property price bubble is underway. But, as Dr Nissa Finney explains, the housing crisis hits ethnic minorities worst. The UK is in a housing crisis, according to Shelter. This has been brought about by the shortage of housing coupled with […]