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Four of our reports make it into ThinkHouse´s curated library of the year´s best

Officially launched in 2018, Thinkhouse.org.uk is a new site comprising a library of innovative pieces of housing research. The library is curated by an independent editorial panel made up of experts with breadth of experience in the housing sector from academia, central and local governments, and the private and voluntary sectors. The main reports they feature are thought to have the best chances of influencing policy makers; they also have a section… Read More

Is SDLT helping or interfering with the housing market? Updated economic analysis of policy impact

The Problem Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) has become an increasingly important source of revenue for the Treasury – with £9,275m raised from 1.1 m residential transactions in 2017/18. Yet many commentators regard stamp duty as a poor tax reducing transactions and interfering with the workings of both the housing market and the labour market. The latest such statement is in last month’s IMF annual report of the health of the UK… Read More

Longer-Term Tenancies in England: observations about the recent government consultation

England currently has some of the shortest leases in the advanced world: the typical assured short-hold tenancy lasts either 6 months or a year. At the end of the lease period landlords can evict tenants without giving a reason. Such evictions are currently the main cause of homelessness in this country, and one reason why tenants find it difficult to complain about poor quality and services. The Government’s consultation on introducing longer… Read More

How can the government better address the housing needs of older people?

Older people (aged 65 and over) now make up around 20% of the total population in the UK according to the Office for National Statistics. That proportion is heading towards 25% by mid-century. How is the government addressing the housing needs of this group of households? This is a particularly important question considering that suitable, comfortable, and well-situated homes can improve a person’s quality of life, including physical and mental health, wellbeing,… Read More

Reducing the risks of mortgage default and possession in the UK

In late 2017, we published a blog entry summarising some of the findings of the report Challenges for our home ownership safety net: UK and international perspectives, published by UK Finance and authored by LSE London’s Christine Whitehead and her colleagues, Peter Williams and Steve Wilcox. In this blog post, we report on the findings of the article Reducing the risks of mortgage default and possession in the UK; an international perspective,… Read More

Section 106 planning obligations and the Community Infrastructure Levy in England, 2016 to 2017

In March 2018, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government published the report The Incidence, Value and Delivery of Planning Obligations and Community Infrastructure Levy in England in 2016-17. LSE London’s Christine Whitehead was one of the authors alongside Alex Lord, Richard Dunning, Bertie Docerill, Gemma Burgess, Adrian Carro, Tony Crook and Craig Watkins. The cohort of authors was made up of academics from various UK universities. The report is the… Read More

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

Private Rented Sector in Northern Ireland Compared to Europe: Evidence & Policy

On 22 March 2018, Kath Scanlon presented at a conference hosted by Northern Ireland Housing Executive in Belfast. The conference, entitled ‘Evidence & Policy on the Private Rented Sector’, focused on just that – evidence and policy of the Private Rented Sector (PRS) in Northern Ireland. (Click here to download the presentation.) In her presentation, Kath talked about how the sector compares to the rest of Europe in terms of affordability, security… Read More

Challenges of Participation and Representation in Urban Development – Sarah Sackman, Barrister at Francis Taylor Building | Lent Term Seminar

On Monday March 19th, Sarah Sackman, barrister at Francis Taylor Building, talked about participation and representation in urban development. She gave an insight into how the law positions the role of public participation in the planning system. Click here to download the PPT presentation. Addressing the question: “How does the promise of public participation play in reality?”, she presented four claims: The ideal of participation is a disappointment; Public participation is profoundly… 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