Thursday 30 January 2020

Round the houses

Will the new decade have any answers to the old question of Britain’s housing crisis?

The words ‘housing’ and ‘crisis’ were never far apart throughout the 2010s. The seeds of the issues were sown as far back as the 1980s, and families now have a tougher time getting on the housing ladder, accessing social housing, and keeping up with housing costs. With nearly one in five people identify housing as one the most important issues facing Britain today, the issue is now well established at the front of political agendas.

Are we due a ‘correction’ in the property market, and how welcome or painful might it be? Are our regional housing markets levelling up or pulling further apart? Will recent increases in home ownership be maintained into the 2020s? And what is the market – and policymakers – doing to address concerns about the cost and security of our homes?

To mark the first edition of its new quarterly housing report, the Resolution Foundation presented new research on a decade of changes in housing, and the consequences for living standards today. An expert panel, including Rob Perrins CEO of Berkeley Homes and Carol Lewis, deputy property editor of The Times, joined to discuss the key issues.