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Weekly Election Briefing (1 May)

01 May 2015

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

This time next week it will all be over, votes cast and, there may be a lot to count with more people ‘than ever before’ registering to vote. Speaking of voting, we want to know if you think planning been prioritised enough during the election. Vote here. If, as the polls predict there isn’t a clear majority, the negotiations will begin, who knows what possible coalitions may form? Find out why the outcome ‘spells the end for the biggest ‘law’ in political science’. In any event, we will be seeking an early meeting with the new planning minister. One of the big issues we will be raising will be resources, read Planning in the next Parliament for more detail.

Labour led on housing this week, announcing a stamp duty exemption for first time home buyers purchasing houses worth less than £300 000 on Monday. In addition a new First Call policy to ensure that first time buyers have first choice of up to half of the homes built in their local authority area. Read our updated manifesto summary for more detail.

The Greens also made some major announcements including:  building 500,000 social homes on brown field sites, focused in the north and the Midlands. Plus a commitment to bring 700,000 empty homes back into use. Read more.

Throughout the week housing has appeared again and again across the media. Commentary that the housing pledges by the major parties don’t deal with the root cause of the crisis, on affordable housing, a blog on whether its Britain’s greatest economic issue, that while politicians know there is a crisis they aren’t close to addressing it and new research showing the public support more housing building just not on the green belt. While House building promises are pie in the sky according to one academic

Devolution got a look in to with George Osborne suggesting city mayors could get power over business rates while this analysis looks at the parties’ manifestos to deliver devolution. Prime Minister Cameron set out his proposals for English votes for English laws. According to Election Unspun (see graphic below), devolution saw an increase in its coverage last week with 226 articles covering it. 

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