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The government’s hi-vis housing plans for 2016

Who would have thought the first act of the New Year would be to part-centralise the housing industry?

By Jay Elwes  

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne at the construction site for the Ebbsfleet Garden City, April, 2014. ©REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth/PA

Welcome to the opening political move of 2016: it’s housing.

Britain needs to build more homes and Andrew Adonis, the Labour peer who now chairs the government’s National Infrastructure Commission, set out the extent of Britain’s housing problem in a recent Prospect essay.

Today the government has announced how it intends to provide some…

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