Achieving a balanced housing system depends on two things. First, the development and availability of land tenures - such as home ownership, tenancy and intermediate tenures – and second, social housing schemes, as outlined by a recent European Commission report (‘Pilot project - Promoting protection of the right to housing - Homelessness prevention in the context of evictions’).
An important recommendation from the report is the promotion of a ‘continuum’ of land tenures (
Until now, systematic approaches to housing policy have generally been put into boxes marked ‘too difficult’, ‘too costly’ or ‘too hard to sell politically’. But the view that being locked out of the housing market contributed to the Brexit vote suggests there is an opportunity to move forward.
Housing matters. It matters whatever your personal position in the economy. For the poorest and most vulnerable it is a marker of integration – the ability to participate in society