“While Labour is right to highlight the severity of the UK’s housing crisis, the party is wrong to focus purely on the availability of social housing.
“There is no specific shortage of social housing in the UK, but rather a shortage of inexpensive housing in all forms, from privately rented accommodation to homes for first-time buyers.
“Rather than implementing separate policy measures for each subsector of the housing market, politicians would do better to focus on measures to increase the overall housing supply and improve affordability across the board.
“To do this they should focus on reforming our planning system, releasing scenically unattractive land which has been classified as greenbelt, and by making sensible tax changes – such as fiscal devolution – which would strengthen incentives for local authorities to permit development.
“By making these changes, we would be able to boost supply enough to lead to house prices and rents falling, making accommodation far more affordable.”
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