Reports

Will the private rented sector continue to grow? Our report for Shelter

Current forecasts suggest that perhaps one in four households in England, and one in three in London, might be living in the private rented sector by 2025. However there have also been signs that growth is slowing—as indicated by the black line on the figure below, which has flattened since 2012. In this context, Shelter asked us to look at possible future scenarios for the private rented sector [1]. To view or… Read More

Draft London Plan consultation | LSE London response

Overview   The official document version of this response can be accessed and downloaded here. We welcome the emphasis on ‘good growth’ (implying making and pursuing qualitative choices) rather than either maximising growth, or treating it as inevitable/outside the purview of London planners and government. However, there is little in chapter 1 which clarifies the factors seen as contributing to good growth, and how policies in the draft Plan can thereby be… Read More

A poor tax – Council tax in London: Time for reform

Is council tax ‘too difficult to touch’ when it comes to reform? Perhaps the conversation carries with it much political baggage, hence its avoidance in political circuits, but a recent interim report argues this conversation is a critical one to have. The report, entitled A poor tax – Council tax in London: time for reform, was published by the Institute for Public Policy Research and authored by Luke Murphy, Charlotte Snelling, and… Read More

London 2030 and Beyond, a report by the King’s Commission on London, chaired by Tony Travers

On 18 March 2018, the Policy Institute at King’s College launched a report entitled, London 2030 and Beyond. The report was compiled by the King’s Commission on London which examined two under reviewed issues that are central to London’s civic life – namely: health and skills (further education and training). The Commission was jointly chaired by Director of LSE London Tony Travers, and Lord (Andrew) Adonis, Visiting Professor at King’s College London and… Read More

Migration out of London mainly impacts around the edge of the South East

LSE London’s Ian Gordon and Christine Whitehead, with population geographer Tony Champion, and housing specialist Neil McDonald have newly published research arguing that, with tight constraints on housing development in the ring around London, impacts of growing demand for space inside the city are channeled out to the  more distant parts of the Wider South East (WSE), and a fringe belt beyond that. They also point to the underlying roles of rising… Read More

A Sustainable Increase in London’s Housing Supply?

On 11 January 2018, LSE London launched the final report of the third of three Knowledge Exchange and Impact projects aimed at fostering debate between academics, practitioners, and government. The report, entitled A sustainable increase in London’s housing supply? was authored by Kath Scanlon, Christine Whitehead, and Fanny Blanc; click here to access the full report. The series that spawned this project started in September 2014 when the scale of the housing… Read More

New Open Access Book – Self-Build Homes: Social Discourse, Experiences and Directions

LSE London’s Melissa Fernández and Kath Scanlon  contributed a chapter to this new open access book entitled Self-Build Homes: Social Discourse, Experiences and Directions. The chapter, titled Of Flux or finality? On the process and dynamics of a co-housing group in formation, gives an account of how five years after Featherstone first came together, it found itself ina sense, starting from scratch. This is this same Featherstone project described in one of… Read More

Challenges for our Home Ownership Safety Net: UK and International Perspectives

How has the safety net for mortgage borrowers in the UK evolved over recent decades? And how does does this compare with the way this has been experienced in other countries? These are some of the major questions taken up by a new report entitled, Challenges for our Home Ownership Safety Net: UK and International Perspectives. The report was authored by LSE London’s Professor Christine Whitehead and her colleagues, Peter Williams, and… Read More

Response to Mayor’s draft housing strategy from LSE London

Response to Mayor’s draft housing strategy from LSE London December 2017  This response draws on discussion at an academic and policy round table held at LSE on 13 November 2017, with attendees from LSE and from other academic institutions and research centres with a London focus. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect the opinions of all participants. The general approach The draft contains many sensible and commendable policies. However inevitably it… Read More

A taxing question: is SDLT suffocating the English housing market? A report for Family Building Society

On 14 November 2017, LSE London launched a report entitled, A taxing question: is Stamp Duty Land Tax suffocating the English housing market? The document was commissioned by Family Building Society and authored by Kath Scanlon, Christine Whitehead, and Fanny Blanc. The report looked at how Stamp Duty Land Tax (SLDT) has changed over the years and its impact on household behaviour, on the housing market, and the overall national economy. While… Read More