Local authorities are still waiting until people are actually homeless before offering assistance. This is expensive and has an unnecessary impact on vulnerable people.
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If we are going to build 300,000 homes and ensure public support, quality really counts. Let’s have new homes that we can be proud of for hundreds of years.
Nicholas Boys Smith: Why do we build fewer homes proportionally than most other countries? Where’s the smoking gun?
We should move from a planning permission-led system to a building permit-led system. Design rules should be strict, clear, but limited.
Work has been rewarded. Predictions of rent arrears increasing have been proved false. The number of households penalised has fallen from 660,000 to 381,000.
Ultimately, we are working to ‘design out’ homelessness entirely, by helping at-risk people before they get to a crisis point.
Peter Walker: By defining all construction jobs as ‘low-skilled’, the Migration Advisory Committee is making a serious mistake
The description is misleading, and will deter young people from entering the sector. Ultimately, it will constrain the labour supply needed to build more houses.
Buildings with different functions need to be intertwined. In beautiful cities, people tend to live and work side by side.
David Davis: There has long been an alternative to this discredited deal. It’s the Canada-style plan that Tusk and Barnier offered us.
If we need to leave with no deal and negotiate a free trade agreement during the transition period, so be it.
Probably enough is being done to maintain the status quo. The problem is that for millions of people aiming for home ownership, that is pretty dire.
Barry Wood: In Britain, the numbers opting to build a home is way behind other countries. But not in Cherwell.
Over ten years we are providing 1,900 new homes for Oxfordshire. They will be a wide range of properties. That is because we believe in choice.
The campaign against him is driven by the knowledge that May agrees with his views on design – and fear that the Government will act on them.
It should be easier to call local referendums in the UK. Politics is too important to be left to the politicians.
His long career evinces both a real understanding of issues such as antisemitism and a philospher’s willingness to change his mind.
Here is one firm’s account of how unnecessary costs and delay in the planning system holds them back. Timescales promised by councils are not honoured.
The Chancellor has been fortunate that the public finances have improved substantially at a particularly convenient time.