Network briefing – Making the housing market great again – The Housing White Paper

The oft-delayed housing white paper was published on Tuesday 7 February 2017 under the banner headline of ‘Fixing our broken housing market’. However, the housing market is a market; it is driven by demand rather than supply and want rather than need.

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Network briefing – Making the housing market great again – The Housing White Paper

The oft-delayed housing white paper was published on Tuesday 7 February 2017 under the banner headline of ‘Fixing our broken housing market’. However, the housing market is a market; it is driven by demand rather than supply and want rather than need.

Arguably it is housing and planning policy and housing financial strategy that attempts to manage and control the market to improve supply and meet need that is broken. In its white paper this government, like many before it, is seeking to deconstruct the market and put it back together as something that will stimulate supply in the long term and address vulnerability and need in the short and medium term.

This briefing looks at the drivers, both systemic and aspirational, to the government’s approach; a selection of key statistics the government relies on to back up its broken market claim; and the key proposals. The white paper is also a consultation document so the briefing also rounds up the key consultation questions requiring a reply by Tuesday 2 May 2017.

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