Housing White Paper 2017

For single use only on 17 February 2017

The Housing White Paper: piecing together the puzzle

17/02/2017 | By News team

The White Paper called on the sector to link up to tackle the housing crisis. But what do the participants make of it? Inside Housing’s news team joins up the pieces

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Criticism of White Paper misses the point

16/02/2017 | By Steve Douglas

The sector should acknowledge the difference in tone in the White Paper compared with that of the previous government, says Steve Douglas


'A decent document': a former civil servant's view of the White Paper

10/02/2017 | By Matthew Bailes

Paradigm chief and former Department for Communities and Local Government civil servant Matthew Bailes gives his view on the White Paper

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Moody’s: Housing White Paper development push 'credit negative'

10/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Ratings agency Moody’s has warned the Housing White Paper’s emphasis on scaling up housing association development will drive negative credit ratings for the sector.


Marking the White Paper out of 10

10/02/2017 | By Jules Birch , Jules Birch

OPINION: Jules Birch awards the White Paper scores out of 10 based on tests he set in advance

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The White Paper represents evolution not revolution

10/02/2017 | By Emma Maier

The White Paper signals the end of an assumption that the market would right itself, but the measures announced are weak, says Emma Maier


White Paper should have focused on people at all stages of life

10/02/2017 | By David Cowans

OPINION: While there is a noticeable shift in improving standards in the private rental market, housing options for people at all stages of their life should have been a focus of the Housing White Paper, says David Cowans


Brownfield land can be part of the solution in the countryside

09/02/2017 | By Boris Worrall

The White Paper ducked the issue of the green belt, but measures to boost brownfield land development can help tackle rural housing need, says Boris Worrall

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Will councils rise to the White Paper challenge?

09/02/2017 | By Susan Emmett

The White Paper places an onus on councils to ensure more homes are delivered, but are they really up to the challenge? asks Susan Emmett


There was a lot for rural areas to like in the White Paper


WHITE PAPER: The White Paper should be welcomed by rural housing providers but there is scope for the government to go further, says Sue Chalkley


Builders: CPO measures could pose a risk in a downturn

08/02/2017 | By Tim Clark

WHITE PAPER: House builders have warned the government of “unintended consequences” over its plans to strengthen councils’ compulsory purchase order (CPO) powers on “stalled” sites.


Full speech: Sajid Javid introduces the Housing White Paper


WHITE PAPER: Read communities secretary Sajid Javid’s full speech to parliament introducing the Housing White Paper.


Has the White Paper fixed it?

07/02/2017 | By Jules Birch , Jules Birch

WHITE PAPER: Where does the climbdown on Starter Homes leave affordable housing? Jules Birch shares his initial impressions of the White Paper.

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HCA chair: we will hammer councils which fail to deliver targets

07/02/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

WHITE PAPER: Local authorities which fail to deliver housing delivery targets set through standard measures will get “caned”, the Homes and Communities Agency chair has warned.

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The White Paper provides a challenge to everyone to get their houses in order

07/02/2017 | By Neil Hadden

WHITE PAPER: The Housing White Paper will not fix the housing market overnight, but does provide a blueprint for change, says Genesis’ Neil Hadden


Industry bodies give cautious welcome to White Paper

07/02/2017 | By Tim Clark

WHITE PAPER: The National Housing Federation has welcomed the government’s White Paper, but called for more to be done to release land for developments.

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Council housing company homes could be subject to the Right to Buy

07/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

WHITE PAPER: The government wants homes built through councils’ private housing companies to be subject to Right to Buy, the Housing White Paper has revealed.


Ministers abandon Starter Homes target and 20% threshold

07/02/2017 | By Pete Apps , Nathaniel Barker

WHITE PAPER: The government has abandoned its manifesto pledge to build 200,000 Starter Homes this parliament, and require 20% of the homes on all new developments.

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Government to bolster councils' CPO powers to speed up housing delivery

07/02/2017 | By Tim Clark

WHITE PAPER: The government will prepare new guidelines to encourage councils to use compulsory purchase order (CPO) powers to intervene in the housing market and stimulate new building.


Housing need tests in Local Plans shake-up

07/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

WHITE PAPER: The government will introduce a standard method of assessing housing need for councils in a radical shake-up of Local Plans, introduced in today’s Housing White Paper.


Government to set new post-2020 rent standard for housing associations

07/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

WHITE PAPER: The government will set out a new rent standard for social landlords for the period after 2020 “in due course” to help housing associations build.

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NHF tells Barwell sector can handle PRS burden

07/02/2017 | By Tim Clark

WHITE PAPER: The National Housing Federation has written to housing minister Gavin Barwell to push housing associations’ case as developers of privately rented homes.


The White Paper: new policies or old?

07/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

The initial headlines of the long-awaited Housing White Paper have been released – but how much of the policy is actually new? Pete Apps takes a closer look at the announcements so far

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Government drops Starter Homes 'focus' as White Paper details revealed

07/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

The government will “change focus” from Starter Homes to a wider range of affordable housing in its much-anticipated Housing White Paper, due to be released later today.


Barwell: longer PRS tenancies in White Paper

06/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

The government will look to increase the availability of longer rental tenancies as it seeks to boost institutional investment in Build to Rent in tomorrow’s Housing White Paper.

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Associations have arrived as big players, but more land needs releasing


Associations are dramatically stepping up their land-buying activities, but more needs to be done by planners to release sites for development, says Savills’ Chris Buckle


White Paper: calls for development presumption on brownfield land

02/02/2017 | By News team

House builders are calling for a presumption in favour of development on suitable brownfield sites as the final lobbying over content of the long-awaited Housing White Paper takes place.


No easy answers on rents


Rent policy is surprisingly complex and deregulation is not a panacea, says Matthew Bailes

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Housing White Paper: what should it include?

13/01/2017 | By Andrew McPhillips

Yorkshire Building Society’s chief economist Andrew McPhillips gives his view on what the White Paper should include


Starter Homes changes expected as White Paper draws closer

13/01/2017 | By News team

Sector figures are expecting key changes to the Starter Homes policy as the publication of the long-awaited Housing White Paper draws closer.  


White Paper opportunity

13/01/2017 | By Terrie Alafat

The Housing White Paper will reveal how committed the government really is to solving the housing crisis, says Terrie Alafat


10 tests for the Housing White Paper

12/01/2017 | By Jules Birch , Jules Birch

With the long wait for publication of the Housing White Paper almost over, Jules Birch sets out 10 questions that need answers