Think Tent 2017: Solving the housing crisis – how can we ensure housing stock keeps pace with demand?


  • 02/10/2017
    16:15 - 17:30
Conservative Party Conference 2017

“Solving the housing crisis – how can we ensure housing stock keeps pace with demand?”

In February, the Government published a Housing White Paper that laid out plans to help tackle the housing crisis. Whilst it did include some welcome measures, such as requiring councils to set aside land for new homes, it largely failed to address the fundamental problem of supply. Stifling planning regulations will make it impossible for enough developers to build, no matter how much land councils are able to offer. How can the Government liberalise planning laws and realign incentives in favour of building? What more can be done to improve access to housing for the elderly community in addition to first time buyers?


  • Jamie Whyte, Research Director, Institute of Economic Affairs (Chair)

  • Paul Swinney, Principal Economist, Centre for Cities

  • Peter Aldous MP

  • Bob Blackman MP, Secretary of the 1922 Committee

  • Kevin Hollinrake MP, PPS to Environment Secretary Michael Gove

  • Paul Teverson, Director of Communications, McCarthy & Stone

Hosted by the IEA and McCarthy and Stone.

Please note this event is held in the Secure Zone. A Conference pass is necessary to attend.

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