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

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One thing that is never going to supply enough 'affordable' homes is to use planning policy to force developers to build unprofitable ones without subsidy. Also planners mysteriously failed to spot London's increase in population and are now busy enforcing against living in garden sheds. The last Census revealed the inconvenient truth: 'affordable' housing policies have not worked well enough since their introduction in the early Noughties. What won't work either, when we do finally find a way to build enough homes, is to let local authorities repeat the mistakes of the past and build thousands more council houses on their own balance sheets. That's too symbiotic a political link between homes and votes. We need subsidised new housing, but to overtax the market retards supply. Subsidised development in join ventures between public and private sector and better policing of quality, might be a more productive answer. Also past experience tells us we need to maintain tight fiscal control over incontinent local authority budgets. Lee Mallett, Urbik

Posted date

4 February, 2015

Posted time

9:21 am

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