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11/02/2016

Why aren't councils building more houses?

Words: Mark Smulian

In the postwar heyday of house building, councils built more homes than private developers. Now, at the height of a housing crisis, their contribution to numbers is negligible. Mark Smulian ask why councils aren't building more houses

If there is a law of unintended consequences, it is surely in play in the world of council house building. Or is it?

The government has not explicitly sought to prevent councils from building homes, but the combined effects of policies on rent reduction and right to buy discounts for housing associations are likely to do just that.
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