This is a broad policy that refers to the government’s 2017 Housing White Paper, which laid out a series of planned reforms designed to ‘fix the broken housing market’ in England. Key reforms proposed in the paper were to speed up the process of house building, diversifying the housing market, helping people to buy their first home, helping long-term renters with stable and affordable tenancies, tackling empty homes and promoting fairness and transparency for leaseholders.
The list of reforms is pretty hefty and there’s a large amount of crossover between them and other housing policies that we’ve written about elsewhere on Policy Tracker. To get more detail about the progress of these reforms, have a look at the bottom of the page, where we’ve put a list of policies that relate to the reforms promised in the Housing White Paper.
How will we know when this policy is completed? When we’ve marked all of the policies relating to the Housing White Paper that this particular policy covers as completed. Until then, we’re marking it as ‘in progress’.
Policies relating to reforms promised in the Housing White Paper:
- Deliver a million homes by the end of 2020
- Maintain the existing strong protections on designated land
- Support specialist housing where it is needed
- Rebalance housing growth across the country
- Fix the dysfunctional housing market
- Diversify who builds homes in this country
- Build 160,000 houses on government land
- Support high-quality, high-density housing
- Ensure there are homes for all
- Work with local authorities to improve housing capability and capacity
- Support those struggling to buy or rent a home
- Build new fixed-term social houses
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