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Should the UK build more homes?

31 January 2020

The Economic Affairs Committee will follow-up on its 2016 Report 'Building more homes', examining demand for housing in England, the Government's response and possible solutions via planning reform, building more homes on public land, and increasing house building by local authorities and housing associations.


Tuesday 4 February 2020 in Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster

At 3.35pm

  • Mr Liam Halligan, Economist, Author and Broadcaster
  • Mr Dan Wilson Craw, Director, Generation Rent
  • Mr Warwick Lightfoot, Head of Economics, Policy Exchange
  • Professor Rebecca Tunstall, Emerita of Housing Policy at the Centre for Housing Policy, University of York

At 4.35pm

  • Mr James Prestwich, Head of Policy, National Housing Federation
  • Mr Adrian Swan, Managing Director of Swan Homes and Chair of the FMB Home Builders Group
  • Mr David O'Leary, Policy Director, Home Builders Federation
  • Cllr David Renard, Chair of the Economy, Environment, Housing and Transport Board, Local Government Association

Likely questions

  • Is the Government on track to meet its target of building 300,000 new homes by 2025?
  • To what extent are high house prices just a problem in London and the South East?
  • To what extent do local authorities have scope to provide their own land for private building?
  • Given the importance of the private rental sector, what is being done to improve the availability of quality, secure, low-cost rental housing?
  • What are the main drivers behind the rise in homelessness?
  • To what extent are demographic changes considered when planning new housing developments?
  • What are the biggest constraints on building more social and supported housing and how many are required?
  • What key questions should be addressed in the Government's upcoming planning White paper?

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