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Housing is key to a Conservative vision for working people

Housing is key to a Conservative vision for working people

Chris Walker, Head of Housing and Planning, discusses the merits of the Conservatives’ Right to Buy policy, explains that policies promoting home ownership should apply to people from all income brackets, and argues that the Right to Buy policy will increase the nation’s overall housing supply.

The public supports selling off most expensive council properties

The public supports selling off most expensive council properties

Chris Walker, Policy Exchange’s Head of Housing & Planning, examines the results of polling commissioned by Policy Exchange on how far the public support the Conservatives’ proposed plans to force councils to sell off expensive social housing and use the proceeds to build more affordable homes.

Ramp up the number of market homes built to deal with the housing crisis

Ramp up the number of market homes built to deal with the housing crisis

Chris Walker, Policy Exchange’s Head of Housing & Planning, sets out why housing associations are key to helpin solve the housing crisis. Already delivering nearly half the new homes being built each year – and almost all of the social homes – giving them a shot in the arm by enabling them to build more market homes would boost the number of homes being built each year.

Chris Walker: How to free housing associations to build more homes

Chris Walker: How to free housing associations to build more homes

To mark the release of our latest report, Freeing Housing Associations, Chris Walker, Policy Exchange’s Head of Housing and Planning, sets out how numerous rules and regulations are hindering housing associations from doubling the number of new homes they build each year from 50,000 to 100,000.

Why rent controls are not the answer

Why rent controls are not the answer

Chris Walker, Policy Exchange’s Head of Housing, Planning and Urban Policy, argues that Labour’s decision to impose rent controls won’t solve our housing crisis, because it doesn’t deal with the root of the problem: a lack of supply in the housing market. Chris stresses that we need to build double the amount of houses to match increasing demand.

The importance of building more homes

The importance of building more homes

Ruth Porter, Policy Exchange’s Head of Economics & Social Policy, sets out some of the many reasons why we need to build more new homes, and how we can about about achieving that goal. Ruth argues that politicians have yet to catch up with voters on understanding the importance of housing as an issue.

Why no more Bluewaters, Eric?

Why no more Bluewaters, Eric?

Policy Exchange Director of Communications Nick Faith writes arguing that the best way to support the high street is not to discriminate against out of town malls. He makes the case from our report 21st Century Retail Policy that radical action is required to help high streets, including replacing poor performing councils with a management team of retail experts tasked with reinvigorating ailing high streets and allowing empty shops to be converted more easily into housing.

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