Housing policy in England

Housing issues are very high on the Government’s agenda. Housing policy is particularly relevant while we go through a period of restrictions on borrowing, falling house prices, slowing down in building and rising repossessions. But the need to have decent, affordable housing was a fundamental of government policy even before the current crisis.

There are five main aspects of current Government Policy in England:

Planning application
  • Housing for all – ensuring enough housing
  • Affordable – ensuring enough housing that people can afford
  • Quality – ensuring housing is up to modern standards
  • Sustainable – making housing energy efficient
  • Good places – making housing contribute to creation of good places
housing for the Future

The Government’s overall policies for housing are set out in the 2007 Housing Green Paper,

Homes for the future: more affordable, more sustainable - download pdf