Housing measures in the Queen's Speech - 19 December 2019

19 December 2019

  • Launch a consultation on First Homes – new homes for local people and key workers that will be sold 30% below market price
  • The discount on First Homes will be secured through a covenant, which will mean these homes will remain discounted in perpetuity, supporting people now and in the future who aspire to own a home
  • Renew the Affordable Homes Programme
  • Bring forward a Social Housing White Paper
  • Introduce a new, reformed shared ownership model, making buying a share of a home fairer and more transparent
  • Commit to building at least a million more homes over this parliament. How this will be done will be set out further in the coming weeks, including an ambitious Planning White Paper and funding for critical infrastructure
  • A new £10bn Housing Infrastructure Fund will provide the roads, schools and GP surgeries needed to support new homes
  • The government’s ‘Better Deal for Renters’, outlined in the Conservative manifesto, will abolish ‘no-fault’ evictions and to introduce lifetime deposits, alongside further reforms
  • Take forward a comprehensive programme of reform to end unfair practices in the leasehold market. This includes working with the Law Commission to make buying a freehold or extending a lease easier, quicker and more cost effective – and to reinvigorate commonhold and Right to Manage
  • Commitment to end rough sleeping by the end of this Parliament

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