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An affordable, secure, and comfortable home is a foundational block of any good life. But we have an increasing deficit in housing supply, caused by decades of undersupply. Private rents at record highs; home ownership at record lows; 1.4 million families on social housing waiting lists; and average house prices soaring to 10 times the average salary. This has caused a crisis that extends beyond pure economics.
Basic, shared aspirations are in great peril: a shortage of suitable, affordable homes where they are needed makes it harder to find meaningful employment, have a happy and lasting relationship, raise children and have a secure retirement. In increasingly depriving a generation of the hope of owning their own home, it has contributed to great divides in wealth and has diminished community life in our cities, towns and villages.
The good news
Proper recognition of the problem is the first step towards finding the solutions – and we at ResPublica are committed to doing that. We are developing radical but serious ideas for policy across three themes that will make lasting impact on policy.
Work with us
ResPublica is working with partners to help address the challenges and opportunities presented by the housing agenda. Through leadership content and targeted events we are jointly shaping the national housing debate. For a conversation with our Home programme lead Ed Douglas about how your organisation can partner with us, please contact him on firstname.lastname@example.org
Edward manages ResPublica’s housing programme. He has written extensively on housing, planning and regeneration. He also works on employment, skills, enterprise and finance policy. He is the author of Great Estates on regeneration, and co-author of Going to Scale on...
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