Politics of housing

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Evidence suggests that recent governments have been less effective than their predecessors in tackling the underlying problems in the housing market. So we commissioned the Social Market Foundation to analyse the last hundred years of housing supply policy.

This research assesses why this might be the case, seeking to answer two questions:

  • To what extent have successive governments since 1918 succeeded in addressing housing supply challenges?
  • What factors explain whether governments have pursued and achieved these objectives?

And crucially to begin to look at how this might be changed.

 

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