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Shelter Comment And Proposals On Forthcoming Housing White Paper

Published on 09 January 2017

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by Shelter UK



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Graeme Brown, Interim Chief Executive at Shelter, said: "Our current system of housebuilding simply cannot deliver the homes we need. People are paying the price with expensive and unstable renting, as any dreams of home ownership slip away.

“With the forthcoming housing white paper, the government has a chance to end this crisis by committing to new reforms which can deliver the genuinely affordable homes to rent and buy this country urgently needs.

“The government must not shy away from making major reforms. The hopes and needs of millions of ordinary families on low and middle incomes depend on this moment being seized."

Suggested Reforms

The key reforms we would propose revolve around making land cheaper, as detailed in our full briefing paper. These include:

1. Government could set up a new generation of Development Corporations with new powers to buy land up at cheaper prices

- It can then get land into the hands those who want to build the high volumes of good quality and affordable homes that we need.

2. Public land should also be used differently

- Instead of being sold to the highest bidder, it should be invested at lower up-front costs, in exchange for the better long term returns and community benefits.

3. There should be tax penalties on developers that have planning permissions, but aren’t building out.

For more in depth information on Shelter’s proposals for the white paper, please see our policy blog here and our full white paper briefing here.

Alternatively, please feel free to get in touch with the press office and we can arrange a chat with one of our policy experts.

Shelter helps over three million people a year struggling with bad housing or homelessness, and campaigns to prevent it in the first place. We’re here so no-one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own. Visit www.shelter.org.uk for more information.


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Posted 2017-01-09 10:53:00