IEA research features in the Daily Mail

Daily Mail reports that a "rental crisis" may be on the horizon, as the number of new landlords entering the market is dwindling as tenant demand rises across the country. The piece references recent IEA report 'Taxation without Justification' which highlights the negative impact of measures designed to increase homeownership. The report's authors, Rosalind Beck ... Continue reading

IEA research featured in Telegraph Money

IEA research reveals landlords are being unfairly blamed for the housing crisis, reports Telegraph Money. 'Taxation without Justification' calls for a major overhaul of the way buy-to-let properties are taxed as the current mean landlords are discriminated against, compared to owner-occupiers, and could face an effective tax rate of over 100% when new regulations come ... Continue reading

An economic analysis of the Treasury’s treatment of privately rented housing

Summary: The private rented sector has played a critical role in increasing and improving housing provision in the UK. Around 80 per cent of private sector tenants are satisfied with their homes and satisfaction in the sector compares favourably with that in the social rented sector. This contribution has gone unrecognised: instead, landlords have been ... Continue reading

Nerissa Chesterfield writes for City AM

Nerissa Chesterfield, Head of Communications at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for City AM on politicians' reticence to make bold policy change that is needed to improve people's lives. In her article Nerissa argues that small-ball,  ineffective policies are being prioritised while the issues that people really care about – having a secure ... Continue reading

Kristian Niemietz writes for Coffee House

Kristian Niemietz, Head of Political Economy at the Institute of Economic Affairs, responds to plans by the Communities Secretary James Brokenshire to ban so-called 'no-fault evictions'. Kristian argues the news is being misreported. He writes that letting an agreement come to an end at the date it was meant to come to an end is ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood writes for The Times

Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for The Times Business on the call for less private inspections of buildings following the Grenfell Tower disaster. Mark argues that far from being a Wild West, out-of-control, shoddy sector, private building inspectors have tended to produce impressive outcomes. They carry out about ... Continue reading

A IEA new report on the UK's housing crisis

If a tenth of designated Green Belt land around Greater London were used for new housing, 160,000 new homes could be produced - a significant contribution to solving the urgent housing crisis in the capital, argues a new report from the Institute of Economic Affairs. The report, “Delivering More Homes: Radical action to unblock the system”, argues that ... Continue reading

Ever-expanding Green Belt must be tackled to solve the UK's housing crisis, says new report

● The planning system has become too complex and the revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework risk exacerbating the situation. The principle of a clear general presumption in favour of sustainable development that has equal weight to other considerations, including the Development Plan, must be reintroduced. ● The Planning Inspectorate appears to be under ... Continue reading

IEA report on housing trailed in City AM

Co-authors of the latest IEA report on housing, Keith Boyfield and Robert Wickham, trail the content in a comment piece for City AM: "Politicians have recently become fond of talking about how to tackle our alarming housing crisis. Yet little is delivered – and what is achieved focuses on inflating demand, with schemes like Help ... Continue reading
Housing and Planning
All hail the Mayor of San Diego! Earlier this week, Californian lawmaker Kevin Faulconer outlined an ambitious overhaul of the city’s planning system. He tweeted: “Government can’t build its way out of the housing crisis. We need to get government out of the way – so constructing homes becomes easier, less expensive and faster.” Faulconer and ... Continue reading