The supply of new homes is intricately linked to every aspect of housing policy and to many of the economic and social issues faced by the UK. Significant change is necessary if the country is to get the housing it needs. With the recommendations presented in this report, it is also possible.
This report outlines a simpler and more sustainable approach to support with housing costs in the UK. Successive governments have allowed Housing Benefit to ‘take the strain’ of support with housing costs. This report highlights possible reforms to Housing Benefit and how other mechanisms, including housing supply and taxation, could be used more effectively.