The Housing & Finance Institute researches on a board range of housing and finance related matters, including on budget matters and through our business market sentiment work. Our research and publications respond to issues arising in the marketplace, business and local government.

The HFi research papers have been extensively covered in the national and trade press.

 

Publications have included the following:


21 NOV 2017

A Quick Guide to the Autumn Budget 2017

This is a quick guide to the 2017 Autumn Budget. Housing is set to dominate the 2017 Autumn Budget. Yet there is more than one type of budget where housing can be key. In this paper we have identified six budget areas and we will be looking at the balance of policy and financial measures within e...


14 NOV 2017

Better Connections: housing infrastructure recommendations

  The HFi's Recommendations report is released for consultation today (14 November 2017). It follows a six-month government backed pilot research programme which brought together key players from private and public sectors. The research programme was launched in response to evidence in previ...


26 OCT 2017

A Quick Guide to the Green Belt

  This is a quick guide to the green belt. The guide started its life from a question that the institute was asked by a council: is the green belt forever, even if it no longer serves its purpose? The green belt is an emotional as well as a highly technical topic. Like all such emotional a...


18 OCT 2017

The Housing Problem in London: a broken planning system

The HFi's report calls for a radical planning shake-up to solve London's housing crisis that would professionalise decision-making in the planning system, increase the supply of land suitable for house building and allow substantially greater densities of homes in the capital. The paper sets out ...


01 SEP 2017

Housing Market Research Series: London and the Regions

Britain is still building New homes starts are the fifth best in a quarter of a century There is no evidence of a Brexit wobble London is lagging A sharp decline in last year's housing figures may herald a longer-term decline London may need additional and special measures to reverse it...


27 JUN 2017

Repair, Protect, Build: What next for UK Housing After The Tragedy at Grenfell Tower

June 2017 has been one of the saddest in housing for many decades. A few days ago, a tower block which had dominated the West London landscape for over forty years was consumed in a devastating fire. The Grenfell death toll has reached 79. The dead and injured over 100 men, women and children. Th...


02 MAY 2017

Turning the Tide: Building a faster, stronger, new coastal renaissance

Housebuilding can be a great boost to a local economy, as well as the national economy. It has been assessed that every £1 spent on construction generates a further £2.09 on economic activity, 'higher than the return to most other sectors including advanced manufacturing and finance...


10 SEP 2016

Research Highlights 2016: Conference Special Edition

The HFi have released Research Highlights 2016: Conference Special Edition which is a compilation of all our research and commentary work over the last year. It addresses key housing and infrastructure questions such as: How do we build more homes, faster? Does London have capacity to build a ...


01 SEP 2016

From the Shores to the Shires - Regional Local Council, Big Housing Opportunities

Britain is building again, but not where most people expect. You might think that housebuilding is dominated by the big cities and bustling metropolitan areas. But it isn't. Building, and opportunity to build, is dominated by Britain's coastal communities, the country villages and market towns, post...


14 MAR 2016

How to Build More Homes, Faster

The theme of this report is to identify the issues which are holding back housebuilding across the country, and to make recommendations to help unlock a greater efficiency in housing delivery. The report found that that there is a genuine cross-party consensus for a step change in housebuilding. Gi...


25 FEB 2016

Financing approaches and mechanisms which councils have used to increase house building

In estate regeneration and in their role as Housing Delivery Enablers, councils have an array of options to support housebuilding, create value and make schemes happen. Across the country councils have worked creatively and proactively with their skills and resources to bring forward housebuilding...


02 FEB 2016

Boosting the Boroughs

As London elects a new Mayor in 2016, housing is set to be a centrepiece of the next London Mayoral term. Or is it? This new research from the Housing & Finance Institute explores the diversity of London's housing Boroughs and recommends: Full Housing Devolution to the Boroughs: Full direc...