Briefing: How do we build more homes?

By: Toby Lloyd  Published: February 2013

All political parties agree that more homes would be socially and economically beneficial, but the number of homes built has consistently fallen short of what’s needed. There haven’t been enough homes to keep up with demand for many years, even before the recession when the economy was booming and credit was flowing. The market isn’t working.


There is a massive housing shortage. Young people today are increasingly priced out of buying or renting a home of their own. People from all walks of life struggle to get the housing they need or want, and it holds them back in life. Meanwhile our economy is held back by a lack of construction. This briefing looks at why the market is not currently working and ways to build more homes.


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