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Housing

Home Zones

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Home Zones. A home zone is a residential street where people come before vehicles. Home zones can promote road safety, provide safe routes for children to walk to school, and create children's play areas and public spaces where people can meet. They roughly cost £1,000 per metre of road (equivalent to Euro 1,640 or US $1,400). "Home Zones: A Planning and Design Handbook", by Mike Biddulph, is published by Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

 

By Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Netherlands, UK, Germany.

Housing Policy Resource.


Low Cost Home Ownership

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Low Cost Home Ownership. A Task Force set up by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation examined the future for publicly subsidised low-cost home-ownership projects. They found that Strategic use of low-cost home-ownership initiatives can achieve wider benefits, in addition to increasing housing supply: they can help achieve more inclusive, mixed-income communities, contributing to economic and social stability in both high and low value areas. Current low-cost home-ownership arrangements could be improved by more creative use of the 'Homebuy' model (using equity loans) and a standard lease for shared ownership. "Swamps and alligators: The future for low-cost home-ownership" by Graham Martin.

 

By Joseph Rowntree Foundation, UK.

Housing Policy Resource.


Housing in the UK

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Housing in the UK. House prices are rising, while interest rates are low - making the cost of servicing a mortgage affordable for many middle income households. However, low income households are finding it hard to enter the housing market - partly due to more prudent lending by mainstream mortgage providers. Economic recovery may bring with it the seeds of future trouble: any rise in interest rates may cause a increase in mortgage arrears and repossessions. The "Housing finance review 2001/2002" is carried out by the Chartered Institute of Housing and published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

 

By Joseph Rowntree Foundation, UK.

Housing Policy Resource.


Council Tax Reform

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Council Tax Reform. The New Policy Institute argue for a reform of the council tax. It is a regressive tax - taking relatively more from the poor than from the rich. Indeed, the poorest third of British households pay more in council tax than in income tax. Previously NPI have, in Council Tax - the Case For Reform, argued for re-banding, re-weighting and the revaluation of property.

 

By New Policy Institute, UK.

Housing Policy Resource.