Beating the house: An investor’s guide to Labour’s housing policy

In many places across the UK the increase in house prices has earned more equity for owners than the average local salary. With such stellar growth it is no wonder housing assets continue to be of interest to large scale investors. Investment in housing has extended beyond the traditional arena of homes offered for retailRead more

It’s not easy being smart: outlook for the smart meter roll-out

It is now ten years since the (then Labour) government confirmed it would roll-out smart meters to all UK homes. And with ten years behind us, and two until the 2020 deadline for roll-out, things aren’t fully going to plan. Yes, customers with a smart meter installed are happy, but organisational and technical problems abound.Read more

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

Carilion’s collapse: 60 days later – our recommendations to businesses

A continuing crisis   The pace at which things continue to develop around Carillion’s collapse is rapid, as is – rightly – the response from those organisations it concerns. Whatever their reaction, the fallout is set to fundamentally change the relationship between the public and private sector in the commissioning of contracts, with reforms andRead more

Made of sticks or bricks? UK housing policy in 2018

Last year was housing policy’s coming of age. Before 2017, it was always on the radar yet in peripheral view, never quite attracting the political attention many within the industry believed it deserved. All this changed, however, when last year Theresa May declared solving the UK’s housing crisis as her “mission”, moving housing confidently upRead more

Bricks and mortar

From Lloyd George’s ‘Homes Fit for Heroes’ campaign after WWI to Margaret Thatcher’s ‘right-to-buy’ revolution in the 1980s, repeated UK governments have attempted to transform the UK housing market through ambitious policy proposals. Theresa May’s government now looks to have followed in their footsteps if last week’s ambitious Budget announcement outlining plans to build 300,000Read more