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The Property Owning Democracy
The ‘baby-boomer’ generation have been the primary beneficiary of the post war consensus that extended property ownership. Subsequent generations have largely been excluded from this. As asset prices dwarf wages and demand far exceeds supply, we are denying the opportunity of homeownership to great swathes of our young people. As a result, they may see capitalism as the cause of society’s principal problems, rather than a framework to solve them. This report aims to contribute to that debate and offers some solutions.
Heat pumps and domestic heat decarbonisation in the uk: a systems thinking analysis of barriers to adoption
Heat pumps are a cornerstone of the government’s decarbonisation agenda in the United Kingdom. The electrification of domestic heating, underwritten by the installation of ground-, air-, and water-source heat pumps is expected to reduce the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions by around 15 – 17%. In late 2020, the Johnson government announced a target of 600,000 heat pump installations per year by 2028. In mid-2023, despite a grant fund of £450m, data revealed the UK was installing 55,000 heat pumps annually, suggesting the government’s goal is unlikely to be met. Consumers of domestic heat pumps in the UK are owner-occupiers, developers, private and social landlords, as well as local councils responsible for social housing (although tenants are the primary beneficiaries in the last three instances). This report investigates the reasons for this profound gap between government intentions and consumer behaviour.
Rapid rehousing transition plans: assessing the affordability of the private rented sector for LHA
This report examines the housing affordability problems associated with the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) and its impact on the private rented sector (PRS). The report builds on recent work by Crisis, the Bevan Foundation, and the Institute of Fiscal Studies, among others, that suggested that the decisions to reduce, cap and then freeze LHA rates have reduced the affordability of the lower end of the PRS.
The impact of regulatory reform on the private rented sector
This report aims to review the evidence regarding the impacts that regulatory change in the private rental market might be expected to have on housing supply, quality, landlords’ investment/disinvestment decisions, and other important societal outcomes. The focus is on non-price regulation.
A practical approach for councils on dealing with empty homes
Bringing empty homes back into use can play a key part of local strategies to meet housing need. Not only are empty homes a wasted resource, they are often the subject of complaints and frustration for communities, as well as being a catalyst for crime and degradation. https://www.local.gov.uk/publications/practical-approach-councils-dealing-empty-homes
Raising the Roof: Building a Better Private Rented Sector
This report advocates a number of avenues to build a better PRS including PRS reform, improving security of tenure, encouraging and enabling good landlords, cracking down on rogue landlords, ensuring fair adjudication and redress, improving quality, supporting affordability and tackling ASB