Housing is a huge issue in the UK, with housing demand outstripping the speed at which houses are being built. It is important to remember that housing is a devolved policy area in the UK, meaning the UK government only has responsibility for housing in England (Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are responsible for their own). So we’re just looking at the housing situation in England.
To deliver this policy, the government has launched a number of initiatives including the 2017 Housing White Paper consultation, a £44 billion investment into housing to help construction announced in the 2017 Autumn Budget, and opportunities for local councils to place bids for funding from the Housing Infrastructure Fund, in order to deliver new homes.
This policy will be marked as ‘done’ or ‘broken’ depending on whether the government meets its 1,000,000 target by the end of 2020. As of the end of 2018, an additional 629,190 homes have been delivered. We’ll keep an eye on the number of new homes made available in England over the next few years, as well as monitoring the success of the government’s initiatives to encourage house building. Follow this policy for updates.
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