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Housing—time for a new model

The crisis could be solved with a “Civic Housebuilding” scheme

By Catharine Banks  

Houses under construction on a new housing development in Basingstoke, Hampshire

By the government’s own admission, the housing market is broken. It isn’t building enough homes—and those that are being built are often unaffordable and poor quality.

New research from Shelter shows that eight out of ten working families who are renting privately cannot afford a newly built home in their area, even with Help to Buy.

Not only are these homes out of reach of normal families; further Shelter research conducted with YouGov showed that half of new…

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