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Weekly Election Briefing (17 April)

17 April 2015

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Josh looks at the week that was in planning and politics.

Are you still buzzing after last night’s 90 minute opposition leaders’ debate? It comes amidst a very busy week in politics. The parties have been publishing their election manifestos which we’ve summarised, pulling out the planning and built environment policies. Don’t forget we’ve published our Planning in the next Parliament document too.

Housing continued to feature prominently both in the party manifestos and in the mainstream media. The Guardian asked who should be building Britain’s homes, the BBC reported on the tallest residential tower to be built in the UK, this blog piece looked at the sharing economy and the housing crisis while the Huffington Post wants us to be ambitious on housing. The Lib Dems want to get young adults out of the family home (and into their own), the Conservatives are offering 1.3 million families right to buy housing association homes while Labour will use help to buy ISAs to build 125,000 homes. Meanwhile UKIP want to remove stamp duty for homes built on brownfield land, the Greens will build 500,000 new social rent homes and the SNP have pledged to support affordable housing.

Devolution popped up again this week courtesy of Hilary Benn in the LGC and the Economist.

While politics often focuses on Westminster itself, this is a General Election for all of the UK. Do you know what’s going on in Northern Ireland? Read what this academic thinks NI’s role is at this election. Or if what about what each party is going to do in Wales? While this analysis considers how voting in cities will influence the outcome.

If you’re not already registered to vote and you want to, the deadline is next Monday 20 April.

Finally, for our international planners, here’s a handy basics guide to the election for non-Brits.