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A time for innovation developing new housing policy mechanisms

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A Time for Innovation: Developing new housing policy mechanisms


Contents……………………………………………………………………………………………..

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  • Divided society not ‘Big Society’ in housing

  • The new housing policy reality

  • New policy mechanisms

  • Changing role for government

  • Can the ‘Big Society’ contribute?


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No ‘Big Society’ in Housing


Home ownershi……………………………………………………………………………………………………..p has moved far out of reach

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The younger generation is living in private rent……………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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Affordability varies dramatically by Local Authority ……………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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Source: Hometrack


Trouble is being stored up for the future……………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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Mortgage payments as a proportion of gross household income among low to middle income mortgagors


The new housing policy reality ……………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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  • Private rent no longer a ‘pass through’ tenure but sector not fit for purpose

  • Strategic approach to housing can no longer focus just on social housing and FTBs

  • Large numbers will reach old age with no assets

  • Welfare reform destablising the situation of the least well off

  • Government has limited money


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New mechanisms and the role of government


Can private finance save the day? ……………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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Institutional investment in market rent

VS.

Social housing

bond issues


Private investment linked to product innovation……………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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Government needs to play different roles……………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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  • Government as guarantor not grant maker eg. debt guarantee

  • Government as co-investor on an equity basis – a new approach to best value

  • Government as enabler through local flexibility on planning and use of public land

  • Government as quality improvement engine – a something for something deal with developers


Is there a role for the ‘Big Society’ in innovation? ……………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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  • Ansar Finance Group – community based co-investment

  • Rural rent to buy in the Highlands

  • Community self build and other community land trust initiatives

  • Possibility for buy to let landlords to invest locally to increase supply


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THANK YOU

Vidhya Alakeson

Deputy Chief Executive

Resolution Foundation

[email protected]

020 3372 2953


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