Housing

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on housing. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Commons Briefing Papers

DateDescription
10.11.2016Savings (Government Contributions) Bill - debates in Parliament
Covers debates in Parliament on the legislation to introduce the Lifetime ISA and Help to Save Accounts announced in Budget 2016
01.11.2016Housebuilding (UK): Social Indicators page
167,920 permanent dwellings were completed in the UK in 2015/16, an increase of 10% on 2014/15 but a relatively low figure historically.
01.11.2016Applying as homeless from an assured shorthold tenancy (England)
This short Commons Library briefing paper considers the practice of English local authorities requiring assured shorthold tenants, who have been served with a notice of the landlord's intention to seek possession under section 21 of the Housing Act 1988, to remain in situ until a court order/bailiff's warrant has been obtained before accepting a statutory duty under the homelessness provisions of Part 7 of the Housing Act 1996 (as amended).
01.11.2016Can private landlords refuse to let to Housing Benefit claimants?
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper discusses evidence to suggest that private landlords are reluctant to let to prospective tenants in receipt of Housing Benefit. The paper considers the reasons behind this reluctance and why refusals are unlikely to amount to direct discrimination.
31.10.2016Housing Market: Key Economic Indicators
Housing market: Data on house prices, mortgage approvals and house-building.
28.10.2016Comparison of homelessness duties in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Comparison of the legal duties to tackle homelessness and assist people presenting as homeless in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland. In this devolved policy area, increasingly divergent approaches are emerging from the four nations.
24.10.2016Homelessness Reduction Bill 2016-17
This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides information on the Homelessness Reduction Bill which is scheduled to receive its Second Reading on 28 October 2016. The Bill was introduced by Bob Blackman MP and is aimed at refocusing local authority efforts on the prevention of homelessness. The Bill has attracted Government support.
17.10.2016Savings (Government Contributions) Bill
Library briefing for Second Reading debate on 17 October 2016
11.10.2016Brexit: implications for the housing market and construction industry
This short House of Commons Library briefing paper considers the early impact of the vote to leave the European Union on the UK housing market and house building industry.
07.10.2016House prices (UK): Social Indicators page
The average UK property price increased from 200,141 to 216,750 in the year to 1 July 2016, an 8.3% increase.

Lords Library Notes

DateDescription
27.10.2016Impact of the Shortage of Housing on Young People
This House of Lords Library briefing presents an overview of housing in the UK, including statistics on housing supply and demand. It considers some of the causes of the housing shortage and explores recent reports that have sought to identify the impact of the housing market on young people. It concludes with a brief summary of government policy in this area.
22.01.2016Housing and Planning Bill 2015-16: Briefing for Lords Stages
This Lords Library briefing provides information in support of the House of Lords consideration of the Housing and Planning Bill.
16.12.2015Immigration Bill 2015-16: Briefing for Lords Stages
This briefing provides information in support of the House of Lords consideration of the Immigration Bill.
16.07.2015Debate on the Budget Statement
This Library Note provides background information on the Budget Statement which was delivered by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, on 8 July 2015. The Note provides a brief overview of some of the key Budget measures, before outlining the immediate reaction to the statement as expressed by members of the House of Commons and by a selection of organisations and commentators. It has been written to support the debate in the House of Lords on this subject scheduled to take place on 21 July 2015.
03.07.2014Deregulation Bill (HL Bill 33 of 2014-15)
The Deregulation Bill is a wide-ranging bill that is intended to remove or reduce regulatory burdens on businesses, civil society, individuals, public sector bodies and the taxpayer across a number of policy areas including: general and specific areas of business, companies and insolvency, the use of land, housing, transport, communications, the environment, education and training, entertainment, public authorities and the administration of justice.
13.06.2014Infrastructure Bill [HL] (HL Bill 2 of 2014-15)
The Infrastructure Bill makes provision for the Government's proposals to fund, plan, manage and maintain the UK's national infrastructure.

POSTnotes

DateDescription
18.10.2016Creating age-friendly cities
This POSTnote examines how housing, outdoor spaces and transport can be made more age-friendly. It also highlights challenges for designing and delivering age-friendly cities.
01.01.2011Housing and health, January 2011
This POSTnote looks at the impact of poor housing on health and examines the implications for housing policy.
01.11.2010UK indoor air quality, November 2010
This POSTnote describes sources of indoor air pollution, the evidence for adverse effects on human health and outlines possible policy responses.

Select Committee Reports

DateDescription
12.01.2011PFI in housing and hospitals.
Public Accounts Committee report [Commons]
30.03.2010Housing in the South East.
South East Select Committee report [Commons]
29.03.2010Planning for the Future: Housing and Economic Development in the West Midlands.
West Midlands Select Committee report [Commons]
10.03.2010The Decent Homes Programme.
Public Accounts Committee report [Commons]
04.02.2010Proposed National Assembly for Wales (Legislative Competence) (Housing) Order 2009, relating to domestic...
Government response. Office of the Secretary of State for Wales; Welsh Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
14.11.2011HOUSING AND HEALTH
That this House welcomes the Northern Housing Consortium (NHC) publication, A Foot in the door: a guide to housing and health; supports the NHC's efforts to encourage greater co-operation ...
03.11.2011SPRINKLER SYSTEMS IN DOMESTIC PROPERTIES
That this House notes the wealth of evidence showing that sprinkler systems installed in domestic properties reduce the risk of death and serious injury in the event of a fire as well ...
14.09.2011ROYAL INSTITUTE OF BRITISH ARCHITECTS' HOMEWISE CAMPAIGN
That this House believes that England faces a housing shortage with fewer homes being built than the new households that are being formed each year; welcomes the Royal Institute of ...
20.07.2011HOMELESSNESS AND SQUATTING
That this House notes research by Crisis showing that 39 per cent. of single homeless people have squatted; acknowledges that conditions in squats are often horrendous; further notes ...
22.06.2011HOUSING MARKET RENEWAL
That this House recognises the important contribution made by the Housing Market Renewal (HMR) programme in regenerating deprived communities; notes the 2.2 billion invested and the ...

Glossary

  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses