Housing supply

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Content published before December 2016

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on housing supply. 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

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.
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.
03.10.2016Foreign Investment in UK Residential Property
This short House of Commons Library briefing paper considers the extent to which foreign ownership of residential property should be considered an issue for the UK housing market.
23.08.2016New-build housing: construction defects - issues and solutions (England)
This House of Commons Library briefing paper considers the existing building control regime and customers' means of redress when faced with defects in newly built housing. It summarises the findings of the APPG's 2016 inquiry and recommended actions.
13.07.2016Sources of Statistics: Housing
This introductory guide provides sources of statistics on housing.
05.07.2016Starter Homes for First-Time Buyers (England)
This House of Commons Library briefing paper considers the Government's aim of delivering 200,000 starter homes by 2020 for first-time buyers under the age of 40. The homes will be sold at a discount of 20% off the market price. The starter home initiative only applies in England.
15.06.2016Stimulating housing supply - Government initiatives (England)
This Commons Library Briefing Paper summarises Government initiatives to stimulate housing supply in England since 2010.
25.05.2016Planning for Housing
It is Government policy to encourage more house building within the planning system. This note sets out how local authorities are directed to plan for housing, concern about unplanned developments, as well as the Government's proposals for reform.
23.05.2016Social housing: 'pay to stay' at market rents
This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides information on the 'pay to stay' scheme in England under which social landlords can charge tenants with an income of over 60,000 market or near market rents. The Government has included measures in the Housing and Planning Act 2016, to make higher rents compulsory in due course for council tenants earning over 40,000 in London and 31,000 elsewhere. Housing associations will have discretion over whether or not to implement higher rents for tenants with these income levels.
18.05.2016Planning Reform Proposals
Reforms aimed at making the planning system quicker and simpler to use are high on the Government's agenda, as set out in the 2015 Productivity Plan and Budget 2016. The Queen's Speech 2016 has announced a new Neighbourhood Planning and Infrastructure Bill providing for further reform in addition to those made by the Housing and Planning Act 2016. This paper sets out the Government's key planning reform proposals and those changes in the process of being made.

Lords Library Notes

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.


30.03.2015Measuring Living Standards
This POSTnote outlines different approaches to setting and measuring thresholds and their strengths and limitations. It also summarises research on recent trends in living standards and the key factors that influence them.

Select Committee Reports

18.01.2011Beyond Decent Homes.
Government response. Communities and Local Government Select Committee report [Commons]
08.03.2010Beyond Decent Homes.
Communities and Local Government Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

That this House welcomes the formation of the Solo Properties Action Group which has been established in response to the deceitful actions of Solo Properties, in South Shields; understands ...
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 ...
That this House believes that investment in existing and new council housing is an urgent priority to avert a growing housing crisis, leading to a failing housing market and growing ...
That this House notes that regional spatial strategies removed green belt protection and caused environmental harm; believes that it was right for the Government to announce its early ...
That this House believes that gardens around houses which are currently classified as brownfield land should be redesignated as greenfield land.


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