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Unsurprisingly, we've submitted a detailed response to the largest overhaul of the planning system government has seriously considered in living memory, including many policies we've advocated for since our creation in the mid-2000s.

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PricedOut announces #PRICEDOUTPODCAST


Today we launched the first part of our four-part podcast miniseries covering the four key areas of our manifesto: planning, private renting, tax reform, and affordable housing. It features our guest, housing sector heavyweight Lord Bob Kerslake.

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PricedOut submitted a response to Government's consultation on changes to the planning system. We are more impressed by some of the changes than others.


Anya Martin spoke alongside Thangam Debonnaire, the Shadow Secretary of State for Housing, Alicia Kennedy, Director of Generation Rent, and Christopher Worrall, Editor of Red Brick Blog. Agreement all round for PricedOut's policy proposals!


PricedOut's head of policy Anya Martin talked about the necessity of planning reform, and how we can leave a legacy of beautiful homes for the future, at this Policy Exchange event.


Government recently announced more details about the next round of funding for social/affordable housing. Funding for the Affordable Homes Programme comes in tranches that cover a few years at a time, and throughout that period housing associations and councils can bid for a portion of it to buy land and build homes.

Our director Reuben Young is quoted in this article, highlighting the strange inconsistency that government is simultaneously pushing shared ownership and First Homes, both of which cater to the same cohort of people, who aren't the most in need of help.


The Times published an open letter signed by a range of organisations, including PricedOut, asking that stamp duty and council tax are overhauled and rolled into a single progressive property tax.

Property taxation isn't the most exciting topic to campaign on, but the current system is a huge drag on the housing market and is disastrously regressive. We've worked with a coalition of voices to help build this campaign, which includes a petition. SIGN IT! SHARE IT!


Inside Housing - the industry magazine targeted at social housing professionals - is always interested in what Anya has to say, as she won the Thinkhouse Early Careers research prize two years ago. In this article she collates papers published about planning reform, including PricedOut director Reuben Young's paper for Network Homes Making land deliver. The recommendations of Making land deliver were fed into Policy Exchange's Planning anew, which was part of the project that formed the blueprint of government's proposed planning reforms.


PricedOut's Anya Martin spoke about the Conservatives' planning reform proposals. She said that government is absolutely right to look at the costly, inefficient planning system and how it allows unrepresentative Nimby groups to lobby against desperately needed new homes. However, she said plans to reduce affordable housing requirements are potentially very dangerous.

Chaired by Mark Whittaker (Young Fabians) and joined by Councillor Shama Tatler (Lead Member for Regeneration, Property & Planning, Brent Council), and Chris Worrall (Red Brick).


Anya Martin spoke at this Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) webinar, which launched their latest report on "living rent" models. She was joined by Bob Blackman MP, Charlie Trew (Shelter), Olivia Harris (Dolphin Living) and Jonny Webb (IPPR).


What does the stamp duty holiday announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak really mean for buyers?


Our thoughts on the controversial Westferry Printworks planning decision. We're not impressed.


PricedOut's Anya Martin spoke at this Open Labour London event about the housing crisis during the COVID crisis, joined by Abena Oppong-Asare MP, Rachel White of London Renters Union, and Hackney Councillor and Cabinet Member for Housing Sem Moema.


Think tank Policy Exchange has published a collection of essays about how we can modernise our awful planning system, riddled with perverse incentives. It includes an essay from our frequent collaborator John Myers, and an essay co-authored by Reuben Young and Jamie Ratcliff of Network Homes, formerly Assistant Director of Housing at the Greater London Authority.

The paper was commended by government, which shows they're listening!


Our director Reuben Young contributed an opinion piece for Inside Housing on how to support renters who are struggling to pay their rent because of lost earnings due to coronavirus.


We write on Red Brick about the need for new homes, the Yimby movement, and its broad appeal.


Anya Martin joins a Young Fabians debate about the controversial "cancel the rent" policy, alongside Cllr Ben Clay, Anisha Faruk of Oxford SU, and Christopher Worrall of Red Brick.


No renter should lose their home as a result of coronavirus. Government and opposition both protect landlords at the expense of renters. Our policy proposal ensures no renter will accrue unmanageable arrears as a result of losing income in this crisis, while also preventing mass evictions resulting from landlords selling up.

Read more here.

Anya Martin appears in a feature about our sister group London YIMBY


Housing: The Yimbys who want to shake up suburbia in BBC News.

Reuben Young talks to Victoria Derbyshire about how the planning system prevents enough homes being built


We point out that young people have the highest housing costs of any age group


It’s more expensive to be poor. Now housing costs make it more expensive to be young too in New Statesman.

Anya Martin discusses the Conservative and Labour manifestos on BBC News at Five


Reuben Young explains how Help to Buy inflates developer profits


Building chiefs cash in on Help to Buy... as Berkeley boss sells £166m of shares in 2.5 years in This is Money.

Cuts to housing benefit have caused rising homelessness


Rise in homelessness a ‘direct result of cruel’ Tory policies, activists warn in Morning Star.

Average earners are finding it tougher than ever to get on the property ladder


More bad news for Britain’s squeezed middle in The Sunday Times.

We have a huge shortage of homes in England


Is Britain's property bubble about to burst? in Yorkshire Evening Post.

Help to Buy just puts money in the pockets of big developers, says Reuben Young


Housebuilders to pay record £2.6BILLION to investors in This is Money.

We comment on disastrous Help to Buy policy


£230m windfall for top builders since start of Help to Buy in This is Money.

There's no doubt we're in a property bubble


Fears grow [sic] as house prices fall in Mail Online.

Reuben Young says build more homes


Typical worker can’t afford average home ANYWHERE in England or Wales as house prices SOAR in Mail Online.

Build, build, build!


House prices are on the slide – where will they go now? in The Guardian.

We comment on the unfairness of the bank of mum and dad


One Third Of Millennials Rely On Inheritance From Parents For Future Financial Security in Huffington Post.

Reuben Young comments on woefully low affordable housing in new high profile development


Sajid Javid gives green light to Sainbury's £200m project with record low affordable housing in Homes & Property.

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