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Why I’m finally feeling hopeful about housing

New proposals with cross-party support show there's light at the end of the tunnel

By Toby Lloyd  

We’ve all become accustomed to the housing crisis and there are plenty of statistics that illustrate its depth. Here are two: there are more than 300,000 people currently homeless in the UK; and the number of social homes we built last year was the lowest since the second world war.

The government has acknowledged the problem, and routinely refers to “our broken housing market.” But until recently there had been little sign of the systemic reform needed to fix it, just more targets and “initiatives” that haven’t added up to much.

That might…

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