Head of Housing, Planning and Urban Policy
Chris Walker joined Policy Exchange in April 2014 as Head of Housing, Planning and Urban Policy.Chris worked previously as a civil servant for twelve years, in the Government Economic Service, working for a number of departments including the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Department for Work and Pensions, and HM Treasury. He has over five years experience working on housing policy and analysis, including affordable housing and housing markets. He also takes a strong interest in tax policy. He has an MSc in Economics from York University and a BA in Economics from Reading University.
Related Posts & Publications
by Chris Walker | Apr 15, 2016The new ‘Northern Powerhouse’ encompasses Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield, and Hull city regions, as well as the North East. Together, these city regions – mostly combined authorities – have a population of over 10 million, bigger than London’s 8.6...
by Chris Walker | Jan 8, 2016Last year, Policy Exchange published its Garden Villages report, which proposed a new way of building the homes England needs – namely, through entirely new, small-scale, settlements of between 1,500 and 5,000 new homes each. This would be instead of just building the...
by Chris Walker | Sep 23, 2015Our report Garden Villages recommends a network of new village communities in predominantly rural areas to help solve the housing crisis. It suggests that if each and every one of the 200 mainly rural councils built a new garden village, then a million homes could be...
by Chris Walker | Jul 13, 2015Introducing the Living Wage Premium The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) estimates that the new “Living Wage Premium” will see the effective Minimum Wage rise from £6.50 today to £9.35 by 2020, benefitting around 6 million people – but at the cost of 60,000...
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