Where is housing heading?
In December 2013, the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) began a new series of policy discussions on the most important issues facing housing over the next five years.Two years after the coalition government published its housing strategy Laying the Foundations, and 18 months ahead of the general election, we wanted to take the opportunity to pause and consider developments since 2010: where we have ended up, what's worked, what hasn't, what we've learnt about the policy positions of the main political parties and where things might be heading next.
We've commissioned a series of leading commentators to give us their views, and we hope the resulting essays will stimulate debate over the critical period in the run-up to the election. We want housing to be front and centre of the political debate, but we also want to look at the bigger picture. We want to discuss some of the most important housing issues the next government will have to face and which should be reflected in the parties' manifestos. Ultimately,we hope this series will help inform the debate on what our housing system will look like in five years' time.
The essays are published to stimulate debate. They represent the personal views of the writers and do not necessarily reflect CIH policy.
- Where are we coming from? Jules Birch
- Looking to the future Jules Birch
- Social, labour market and demographic changes - what challenges do they pose for housing? Vidhya Alakeson
- If we don't put the environment high on our list of concerns, it will John Perry
- How do we build 200,000 homes a year? Grainia Long
- What role for social renting in the new world? Keith Exford
- So what's not to like about social renting? Steve Hilditch
- Putting home ownership in its place Peter Williams
- Why is it important to change local authority borrowing rules? John Perry
- The future of neighbourhood regeneration - Golem or Pygmalion? Mike Doran and Erika Rushton
- After the hurricane: lessons learned and unlearned from the credit crunch Kenneth Gibb
- Social housing's alternative futures Alex Marsh