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Weekly Election Briefing

20 March 2015

Week ending Friday 20 March

Josh Rule take another close look at the events of the past seven days.

The week’s election activity centred around two major events: one, a major rally, aimed at government, one driven by government - its final budget before the general election. 

Josh Rule _RTPI Staff -0559The stunning Homes for Britain rally was the most recent campaign initiative from a coalition now numbering organisations in their hundreds, of which the RTPI was very proud to be a founding member. Around 2,500 people attended the gathering in London to hear speakers demanding all the parties and the next government create a plan to end the housing crisis within a generation. The RTPI's Trudi Elliott chaired one of the sessions with film maker Ken Loach (who directed the ground breaking Cathy Come Home) and being the RTPI, we captured it all on a podcast.

Cathy Come HomeWednesday's budget contained a number of measures of interest.  For a comprehensive overview of built environment issues covered in the Chancellor’s speech  read our reaction here. Of course, we have already outlined what we’d like to see from the next government, if you missed it, have a read of  Planning in the next parliament.

The Liberal Democrats unveiled their own so called yellow budget a day later by Treasury Secretary, Danny Alexander MP (pictured below with yellow briefcase). They also made their own 'rent-to-own' homes election pledge.

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Not to be left out DCLG made a number of announcements including:

A review of property conditions in the private rented sector: 

  • The release of new measures help create a bigger, better private rented sector
  • Dedicated housing finance support for local authorities

A new BBC survey revealed the top election issues for young people at the election.

Meanwhile Ed Miliband ruled out a Coalition with the SNP, as the SNP's lead in the polls over Labour increased, David Cameron agreed to take part in a 7 way election hustings broadcast, NIck Clegg faced news of a poll predicting he would lose his seat, and Nigel Farrage finds himself being challenged at the polls by Al Murray.

What’s your crystal ball gazing like? Here’s a prediction of how many seats each party will win from Electoral Calculus

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