Housing and Planning

Dr Kristian Niemietz quoted in The Sun

Responding to Labour proposals to make all new homes zero-carbon within three years, IEA's Head of political economy Dr Kristian Niemietz warned that "creating new rules that would push up the price of homes, without doing anything simultaneously to tackle sky-high house prices, will result in making it even harder for people to get onto ... Continue reading

Dr Kristian Niemietz responds to Labour's zero carbon housing proposal

Responding to the Labour Party’s pledge to make all new homes zero carbon within three years, Head of Political Economy at the Institute of Economic Affairs Dr Kristian Niemietz said: “What the UK housing market needs right now is less red tape, not more.   “The UK already has some of the highest housing costs ... Continue reading

Radomir Tylecote writes for CapX

Britain's housing crisis is rooted in its centralised government, says Dr Radomir Tylecote, co-author of recent IEA report 'Raising the Roof'. Writing for CapX, Radomir points out that 95% of UK tax goes direct to Whitehall, so local governments get little benefit from housebuilding but plenty of burden. He goes on to say this creates ... Continue reading
Housing and Planning
Rent controls would "reduce the supply of accommodation offered by the private sector, and reduce the incentive - and the ability - to maintain the quality of the rented housing stock" says Professor Len Shackleton, Editorial and Research Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Len was quoted in the Daily Express, responding to policy ... Continue reading
Housing and Planning

Len Shackleton quoted in the Daily Express

Plans for the next Labour government to build one million new "genuinely affordable" homes could double house prices, says Professor Len Shackleton, Editorial and Research Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Len notes that the plans would require "at least double the output of the building industry" which he believes is unachievable and a ... Continue reading

Daily Mirror reports on Robert Jenrick's comments at IEA fringe

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has revealed plans to "name and shame" companies that still have Grenfell-style cladding on tower blocks, according to the Daily Mirror. During an 'In Conversation' event hosted by the Institute of Economic Affairs at Conservative Party Conference, Jenrick announced that "if in a couple of weeks or so we don’t have ... Continue reading

'Raising the Roof' referenced in Conservative Home

'Raising the Roof' and the unintended consequences of 'solutions' to the housing crisis at highlighted by a Conservative MP writing in opposition to rent controls. In a piece for Conservative Home, Kevin Hollinrake highlights the recent IEA report by Jacob Rees-Mogg and Radomir Tylecote which explains how recent proposals to end the housing crisis such ... Continue reading
Housing and Planning
On Monday, Jacob Rees-Mogg and I released Raising the Roof: How to solve the United Kingdom’s housing crisis. This new IEA paper will feature in a book of the same title, including the winning essays for the Koch Prize 2018. The prize asked entrants to offer free market solutions to the UK’s housing crisis. This ... Continue reading

IEA report 'Raising the Roof' features on PoliticsHome

The National Federation of Builders's comment on the IEA's new housing report ‘Raising the Roof’ features on PoliticsHome. "The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) report, titled ‘Raising the Roof’, is thankfully not claiming to be the silver bullet to solve the housing crisis but, instead, earnestly builds on industry proposals. "Penned by Jacob Rees-Mogg MP ... Continue reading

IEA report 'Raising the Roof' features in City Metric

Co-founder of London YIMBY John Myers has written for City Metric on the IEA's latest housing report, 'Raising the Roof'. "But the champion of Conservative Brexiteers has written a strident call to end the housing crisis and drastically improve the supply of homes, calling for reform of parts the green belt and aiming for a ... Continue reading