Josh looks at the week that was in planning and politics.
Thanks to Easter and the bank holiday it’s been a shorter week than usual – we’re now less than a month away from the election! If you went away at the end of last week you might’ve missed the 7 way leaders’ debate, catch up here.
Housing continues to feature as an important issue during the lead up to the election. It was in the top 10 things Guardian readers think should be in the Conservative manifesto. While an interesting article by a Professor Emeritus looks at the relationship between likely voting intention and, home ownership or renting. We published our review of the Homes for Britain rally. Mortgage Strategy considers whether the major parties can deliver on housing. While a City AM opinion piece that the housing crisis could ‘extinguish’ London’s growth and no party has a solution. Housing also featured as a really important issue facing Britain not being dealt with by politicians in an article by The Telegraph.
The Greens pledged to cut VAT on housing repairs and renovations from the current 20% to 5% to encourage the installation of energy efficiency measures like insulation.
Labour had a major announcement with their Future Homes Investment Fund which could unlock £5 billion to build 125,000 out to 2020.
Of course the Conservatives announced their Help to Buy ISA in the Budget where the government would top up every £200 saved by a first time buyer by £50. According to analysis their Right to Buy scheme (which I reported in my update on 27 March) is set to give them a boost in 50 marginal seats.
The BBC has created a tidy little summary of the parties' housing policies.
Aside from their housing announcement, Labour also promised £30bn for a devolution package including new local powers for a range of policy areas including new homes and public transport.
Finally, an election pack sent out to Conservative candidates with model letters has been released to The Guardian. One letter template is about planning in which the Conservatives promote what they see as the positive changes they’ve made to the system.
For a full overview of what the parties are saying head to our briefing room and read what we can and can't do as a charity during the pre election period.