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How to solve the housing crisis

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By Peter Kellner   June 2013

Britain has a housing problem, right? Rents have spiralled; high prices have put homes beyond the reach of young families, especially in and around London; first-time homeowners need a massive deposit to obtain a mortgage. At root, supply and demand are out of kilter. We have simply not been building enough new homes to keep pace with population growth and changing family structures.

The trouble is, some of the most obvious solutions are unpopular, according to YouGov’s latest survey for Prospect. Relax the planning laws to allow more homes to be built? Only 36 per cent back this. Use tax…

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