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Read our Senior Fellow James Sproule's solution to the housing crisis in CapX

Monday, 16 October 2017

In CapX our Senior Fellow James Sproule puts forward the case for using monetary policy to solve the UK's housing crisis. "No solution to this [housing] problem is going to be instant, or anything close to quick. But what is needed is clear political direction to the Bank of England to broaden its interest rate setting mandate to include asset prices, and for the Monetary Policy Committee to act upon that new mandate."

Read the full article here.


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More Good Homes: The urgent national mission for the UK

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

The Country We Want To Be, led by Danny Kruger, is a new programme which will cast a vision for the UK after 2019, looking forward to the opportunities and threats we face as Britain leaves the EU and forces a new path in the world.

The More Good Homes project is part of this programme. Our Introductory Note on housing policy informed a seminar we held at Conservative Party Conference with Secretary of State for Communities and Housing, Sajid Javid. Following this and through an open and consultative process we will publish a position paper in the autumn of 2017 and then a policy paper in 2018.

Read the note here.


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Housing the Mind

Thursday, 9 June 2016

What impact does the built environment have on our mental health? Psychiatrists Ciaran Abbey and TBS Balamurali are the authors of a new Legatum Institute study that explores the relationship between mental health and housing as a cornerstone from which humans can develop and flourish.

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The Urban Escalator

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Why are some cities surrounded by slums and riddled with crime, while others are affluent, ordered and desirable places to live? In a new paper for the Legatum Institute, urban consultant James Fischelis looks at why certain cities have met the urban influx with great success, whereas others continue on a downward spiral.