Policy goals for a sustainable housing
The housing market should operate efficiently
overall and in such a way that all needs are met.
There must be an adequate supply of housing
to avoid homelessness and overcrowding, and provide for future
requirements as they emerge.
There must be enough affordable housing for
those on low incomes.
The housing market should provide a defined
quality of housing stock, and should ensure that it continues
to be of good quality, responding to changing social requirements
Housing is not a stock of fixed assets with
an indefinite life, and there must be adequate levels of renewal
to maintain the agreed quality standards.
Housing must contribute to economic prosperity
and stability, improve job prospects, facilitate mobility and
help to reduce rather than exacerbate differences between regions.
Housing systems should have as much flexibility
as possible to cope with changing economic circumstances (both
generally and for individual households).
Housing finance should be a mix of private and
Public subsidies and taxation in housing should
have clear purposes.
The housing system must help to prevent the
poverty trap, reduce inequality and ensure that those whose financial
circumstances change do not lose their access to good housing.
Housing should help to combat discrimination
and tackle disadvantage suffered by particular groups.
The way housing is provided should not stigmatise
people and should be free of overt and institutional discrimination.
People who need support in order to stay in
their homes should get it.
A HEALTHY, SECURE
Housing should be environmentally sustainable,
in terms of how and where it is built, how it is used and how
it relates to transport systems.
Housing should provide an environment in which
adults and children take pride in their home, feel secure and
can lead independent lives.
There should be as much choice as possible within
housingpeople should feel that they have chosen where they
live, and whether they buy or rent (and who they rent from)and
be able to move between renting and buying and vice versa.
Housing providers should empower the customerboth
individually and collectively, with the right balance between
the two, and between the power of the customer and of the provider.
Through housing we should aim to reduce segregation
of rich and poor, and build sustainable communities which are
likely to be viable in the longer term without high levels of
public sector intervention.
Housing should be part of properly planned neighbourhoods
with adequate local facilities such as schools, shops and public
The ways in which housing is provided and run
should be open to community accountability where this is required.