- Banning orders for landlords and letting agents
- Make councils have an up-to-date plan for housing demand
- Push developers toward high density housing in hight demand areas avoid
- Put a two/three year timescale for building starts following planning approvals
- Create the Home Building Fund to encourage smaller building firms and to help incentivise more off-site construction in factories
- Launch a "lifetime ISA" to help first-time buyers save for a deposit
- Protection for the green belt
Communities Secretary Sajid Javid made this rally call:
'Walk down your local high street today and there’s one sight you’re almost certain to see. Young people, faces pressed against the estate agent’s window, trying and failing to find a home they can afford. With prices continuing to sky rocket, if we don’t act now, a whole generation could be left behind. We need to do better, and that means tackling the failures at every point in the system.
The housing market in this country is broken and the solution means building many more houses in the places that people want to live.
We are setting out ambitious proposals to help fix the housing market so that more ordinary working people from across the country can have the security of a decent place to live. The only way to halt the decline in affordability and help more people onto the housing ladder is to build more homes. Let’s get Britain building.'
The press reflects on the Housing White Paper from their various angles -
Communities Secretary @sajidjavid launches ‘Fixing the broken housing market’, the government’s #HousingWhitePaper https://t.co/kYx2YODxjv pic.twitter.com/tTYO8VN9nW— DCLG (@CommunitiesUK) February 7, 2017
Government launches 'revolutionary' White Paper to fix the housing crisis - what wasn't in it that should have been? https://t.co/M9knxrrct4— Telegraph Property (@TeleProperty) February 7, 2017
#Housing #whitepaper - key rental policies revealed...and recycled? see: https://t.co/DxjqRUhYUZ pic.twitter.com/C2xp6a61IS— The Negotiator (@TheNeg) February 7, 2017
Read our response to the Government's Housing White Paper https://t.co/M6iqIgaE3u pic.twitter.com/9LHJHuW900— National Housing Fed (@natfednews) February 7, 2017
Here's the bit on longer tenancies. As we feared, their encouragement of greater security relates only to new homes & a minority of tenants pic.twitter.com/OXsO4wKV1G— Generation Rent (@genrentuk) February 7, 2017
What we need now is quick and bold action that helps people in need of a decent home tomorrow not in ten years: https://t.co/RaJGmi737X— Shelter (@Shelter) February 8, 2017