Where is housing heading?
What place will housing have in the political debate as we approach the general election in 2015? And what will our housing system look like in five years' time? Policy adviser John Perry explains why CIH has launched a new series of essays to look at the bigger picture and stimulate debate.
One thing most people could agree on about last week’s Autumn Statement was that the starting gun has now most definitely been fired for what will prove to be a very long election campaign leading up to May 2015.
Amidst the sound-bite policies from all parties, everyone in housing will be hoping to see some serious discussion about how we tackle the housing crisis.
Is it possible that the new government that emerges in 18 months' time could have a worked-out strategy for dealing with a range of complex of issues, including unaffordable house prices and the emergence of Generation Rent, how to provide enough homes for those on the lowest incomes and how we reconcile the ongoing changes in the welfare system with maintaining a sustainable finance system for social housing?
To look in more depth at these issues and many more about the sort of housing system we want post-2015, CIH has commissioned a series of essays, starting with two introductory ones this month from Jules Birch. The first will look back at what the coalition promised and has delivered, and the second will speculate about policy options available to the parties as the election draws near.
In January the third essay from Vidhya Alakeson of the Resolution Foundation will look at the context for housing policy in the changing social and economic circumstances of those on lower incomes. She’ll also be giving her views on the implications for the kind of housing system we need to develop.
After Vidhya’s essay, we have more planned – on homeownership from Peter Williams and on how the economy affects our housing options from Alex Marsh. By the time of the election we hope to have published about one essay per month on different themes, to help stimulate a constructive debate both about housing policy overall and detailed issues such as regeneration and the housing options for marginalised groups. The focus will be on England - as housing policy is devolved in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland - but we will aim to make the discussion relevant to issues facing the whole of the UK.Feedback on the essays will be welcome, as will ideas for additions to the series. Please contact Louise Fisher
Find out more about the series and read the first two essays in full