Without home ownership then people can feel that they have no stake in society. With the 2010s seeing the fewest homes built since the 1960s and home ownership stagnating, we set out radical ideas to build more with local consent and to massively increase ownership.
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New CPS report is calling for changes to help key workers get their foot on the property ladder, and repay them for their efforts during the pandemic.
A new report by the Centre for Policy Studies shows that if vacant retail space could be repurposed, it could create around 500,000 homes, or more if the space were converted into flats.
A new report by the Centre for Policy Studies calls for changes to the planning system to open up the market and allow better access for small and medium sized companies and to diversify the housing supply.
A report by the Centre for Policy Studies looks at the effects of the measure introduced by the Chancellor in response to the pandemic, and finds that after an initial sharp decline in sales between April-June 2020, the number of transactions increased from 132,090 in Q2 to 225,870 in Q3 and 316,300 by the end of Q4 – the highest level since before the global financial crisis in 2007/8.
New paper from the Centre for Policy Studies warns that, as millions face losing their jobs when furlough ends next month, many will risk losing their homes as well when the mortgage holiday arrangements end at the same time.
The Centre for Policy Studies, Britain's leading centre-right think tank, has developed an emergency plan to support the housing sector. ‘Help to Build’ – written by David Cameron's former chief housing adviser – would help all developers to weather the storm, ensure continuing housing supply while saving smaller and medium sized developers from ruin and having to make hardworking employees redundant.
The Conservative Party manifesto argued for the creation of a new market in long-term fixed rate mortgages. A new Centre for Policy Studies report by Graham Edwards, ‘Resentful Renters’, explains precisely why such a market is so necessary.
The Government is currently considering whether or not to reduce stamp duty in the coming months ahead of any election. This new report by Alex Morton argues that stamp duty on homes is a tax on mobility and aspiration, and calls for drastic cuts.
'Britain Beyond Brexit' is a collection of essays by almost 40 leading politicians, edited by George Freeman MP. It unites Conservative MPs from north and south, left and right, Leave and Remain to set out ideas to take Britain forward after Brexit - including contributions from Sajid Javid, Ruth Davidson, Dominic Raab, Penny Mordaunt and Matt Hancock.
The UK needs an ownership revolution. 'From Rent to Own' proposes that for a single year, the Government should turn the Capital Gains Tax payable by a landlord on sale of a rented home into a rebate shared between landlord and tenant.
Up-front deposits mean renters lose out on accruing interest on their money, which they can also struggle to get back. A deposit replacement insurance system would insure landlords against damage or missed rent while allowing tenants to avoid borrowing.
Chris Philp, MP for Croydon South, proposes major reform of the planning system to increase housebuilding and promote home ownership.
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