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The political parties are at sea on how to solve the housing crisis

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Paul Finch is right to say that we won't make progress on this until we have a Minister for Housing and Planning around the cabinet table, and politicians in Central and Local Government brave enough to plan for the housing numbers we need. We have nothing that resembles a plan at present - instead, a plethora of initiatives that are often in conflict. How, for example, does it work to call on Local Authorities to plan the delivery of more homes, when the Secretary of State for the Environment is emasculating resources in their Planning Departments? But while I'm at it, here are 15 things The Housing Forum suggests a Housing Cabinet Minister should do for 2015 to deliver on the housing rhetoric: 1) Commit to the return of capital subsidy 2) Lift the borrowing cap from local authorities 3) Empower local authorities as long term patient investors 4) Give greater freedom to housing associations to set rents 5) Set up more Development Corporations 6) Set up a National Housing Investment Bank 7) Remove public investment in low cost housing from the PSBR 8) Tap into sector strength through on-lending 9) Enable Social Housing Government Guarantees 10) Allow local tax & spend of Stamp Duty and capital gains 11) Tax breaks for companies to provide workforce housing 12) Tax incentives to bring forward land 13) Broadening the definition and Introducing a new planning class 14) Release of more land for housing 15) Invest in and subsidise off-site manufacturing Ben Derbyshire Managing Partner HTA Design LLP Chair, The Housing Forum.

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3 February, 2015

Posted time

6:35 pm

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