This article was originally published at openDemocracy. Jeremy Corbyn’s proposal to requisition empty houses in Kensington in aid of those made homeless by the Grenfell tragedy has been met with somewhat of a backlash. The Telegraph says that Corbyn's “land grab” is the first step towards tyranny. Rupert Myers, political correspondent at GQ magazine, says that “the state shouldn't seize private … Continue reading Theresa May has prioritised the rights of absentee landlords over the Grenfell victims
This new policy briefing highlights the role of land in the economy and its impact on the housing crisis. We provide a series of recommendations designed to put land to better public use and to start to break the housing market’s dominance over our economy.
Figures released today show that parents are set to lend more than £6.5bn this year to help their children get on the property ladder, making the ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ the UK’s ninth-biggest mortgage lender. The figures are revealing: a further, troubling sign that the UK’s broken housing market is driving a wedge through society.
The Financial Times' Kate Allen describes 'Rethinking the Economics of Land and Housing' as "a lucid exposition of the dysfunctional British housing market."
Our financial system is hooked on the buoyancy of an unsustainable housing market. Homes routinely ‘earn’ more than people do. How did we get here? And is this actually ever going to change?
I discuss my new book Rethinking the Economics of Land and Housing in a new podcast with openDemocracy's Adam Ramsay.
My new book 'Rethinking the Economics of Land and Housing' is published today by Zed Books.