300,000 is the magic number, but how do we reach our new homes target?

Lack of supply. Affordability squeeze. Generation rent. Britain is in the midst of a housing crisis, which the government believes will be solved by building at least 300,000 new homes a year. The unenviable task of delivering these new homes has been bestowed upon Homes England. Yet as a country, we haven’t built anywhere nearRead more

What does the Consumer Markets Green Paper mean for utilities?

Putting the government’s rhetoric on markets into action Last week’s publication of the Modernising Consumer Markets Green Paper is the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s long-awaited attempt to set out how government can ensure consumers can get a better deal. The document – with roots going back nearly two years – sets outRead more

Is fracking back?

The UK has moved one step closer to a ‘fracking future’. Last week homegrown firm Cuadrilla successfully drilled the first national horizontal shale well since 2011 at a site in Lancashire. The company has also announced it is now beginning work on a second horizontal exploration well, with the aim for both sites to beRead more

Take it back now: How Labour would nationalise energy

Recent years have provided respite for those who thought Down’s median voter theory – that democratically elected parties converge towards the centre – was fine and good but basically quite boring. On the left, the Labour Party has shifted its position on fundamental issues like the role of the state in the economy. As weRead more