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London’s Housing Crisis: A guide on how to eat an elephant (part three)

London’s Housing Crisis: A guide on how to eat an elephant (part three)

January 2018

A new year encourages us all to reflect, assess and, where necessary, improve. This is true in both our personal and professional lives. It is also applicable to industry, and none more so than the UK housebuilding industry.

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Renewing the British dream or fantasy?

Politics is a strange game - spin and rhetoric with little truth to be seen - politicians just don't say what they mean these days. The Prime Ministers Speech on 4 October 2017 was no different:

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London’s Housing Crisis: A guide on how to eat an elephant (part two)

London’s Housing Crisis: A guide on how to eat an elephant (part two)

There is no quick fix to solving the housing crisis. As discussed in part one of this blog, solving any problem is a process and the first step should be to ‘stop the bleeding’ – by implementing strategies to reduce public spending on short term, unsuitable accommodation for those in immediate housing need.

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London’s Housing Crisis: A guide on how to eat an elephant

London’s Housing Crisis: A guide on how to eat an elephant

The elephant
With the capital’s population likely to reach 10 million in the next decade and land prices still rising strongly, London has the highest proportions of both private and social renters than anywhere else in England. Housing waiting lists have never been longer, first-time buyers have never been older and we have never spent so much of our income on rent. What’s more these trends don’t appear to be stopping anytime soon.

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Response to the Housing White Paper

The Government’s Housing White Paper (February 2017) offers several proposals which may help address the country’s long-term housing needs, but the paper falls disappointingly short in offering solutions to support the people most in need of housing right now. With 7,600 households* in desperate need of emergency accommodation today, urgent Government intervention is needed to help tackle the homelessness crisis.

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