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ARCH research referenced in Commons Briefing 27/10/2016

The recently published Research Report by Capital Economics commissioned jointly with the NFA, LGA and Shout has been referenced in a House of Commons Briefing paper for MPs: "Brexit: Implications for the housing market and construction industry".


Following the vote to leave the European Union, it is thought that the decision will have an impact on a wide range of policy areas and industries, including the house building industry.


This briefing paper summarises the very early indicationsof the impact of Brexit on the UK housing market and house building industry. The topics covered include:


  • construction industry confidence;
  • the housing market;
  • house prices;
  • house builders' shares;  
  • the labour market; and
  • potential policy responses.


ARCH and the wider social housing sector has identified an opportunity arising out of Brexit to press for the development of more housing at sub-market rents.


The briefing paper acknowledges that"there have been some indications that Theresa May's Government is willing to consider a policy shift away from ownership products in order to boost supply"


It goes on to say that the housing sector is hopeful that the Autumn Statement 2016 will deliver on some of the funding flexibilities requested and refers to additional support for development of more social rented housing from the Research Report. 


ARCH and the NFA have made representations on the Autumn Statement to H.M. Treasury urging the Government to take a number of measures to actively encourage and enable stock retained councils to build more homes.

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