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The withdrawal of public funding for house building and rising rents mean more and more people are stuck living in overpriced, overcrowded and poor quality homes. Government schemes encourage people to borrow way beyond their incomes to get a foot on the ladder, whilst speculative buyers bid up prices to make profits from this dysfunctional and unstable system. NEF's work focuses on how to provide good housing options for everyone, rebalance the economy away from mortgage debt, and share the benefits from rising land prices across communities.

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Blog post // April 22, 2016

Four steps to fix the UK’s housing crisis

How to stabilise house prices and create more good-quality homes More

Blog post // April 21, 2016

House prices have risen twice as fast as earnings: here’s why

Minimum wage would be 90% higher if it grew at the same rate as London house prices More

Video // April 21, 2016

The UK housing crisis explained in 3 minutes

Watch our new animation More

Publication // April 21, 2016

The financialisation of UK homes

How banks, our land system and government policy are driving the UK housing crisis


Publication // October 3, 2013

Distant neighbours

Poverty is deepening and inequality is widening in Islington. Who will still be living there in 2020?