House of Lords Reform in the 2017 Parliament


Published 14/11/2017

A Lord Speaker's Committee has brought forward proposals to reduce the size of the House of Lords.

What is affordable housing?


Published 14/11/2017

This Commons Library briefing paper considers how affordable housing is defined in England and looks at key trends in the affordability of different tenure types. It also examines the supply of affordable housing and the role of Housing Benefit in enabling households to access and retain affordable housing.

Inflation: Key Economic Indicators


Published 14/11/2017

Inflation: Data on both the CPI and RPI inflation indices.

Housing Market: Key Economic Indicators


Published 14/11/2017

Housing market: Data on house prices, mortgage approvals and house-building.

Mortgage Arrears and Repossessions (England)


Published 14/11/2017

This House of Commons Library briefing paper examines the number of households in mortgage arrears and having their homes repossessed, considers lenders’ obligations towards homeowners who are struggling with their mortgage payments, and outlines possible sources of advice for homeowners. The paper also discusses historic schemes to support struggling mortgagors and their effectiveness, and considers the potential impact of future interest rate rises.

Rent setting: social housing (England)


Published 13/11/2017

This House of Commons briefing paper explains key policy developments in relation to setting social housing rent levels in England since 2002. It covers recent policy developments including the requirement on social landlords to reduce rents by 1% in each year for four years from April 2016 and the rent setting policy which will apply from 2020.

VAT Registration


Published 13/11/2017

All businesses must register for VAT if their turnover of taxable goods and/or services is above a given threshold. This note discusses how the registration threshold has been set in recent years and the debate there has been about whether the threshold is too high or too low.

Unemployment - International Comparisons: Key Economic Indicators


Published 13/11/2017

Unemployment: International Comparisons: Data on harmonised unemployment rates for major international economies.

Local Housing Allowance and the social rented sector


Published 13/11/2017

This Commons Library briefing paper provides background on the 2015 Government's intention to apply Local Housing Allowance rates to tenants in receipt of Housing Benefit in the social rented sector. On 25 October 2017, the Prime Minister said that this change would not go ahead as previously planned.

New-build housing: construction defects - issues and solutions (England)


Published 13/11/2017

This House of Commons Library briefing paper considers the existing building control regime and customers’ means of redress when faced with defects in newly built housing. It summarises the findings of the All-Party Parliamentary Group's 2016 inquiry and recommended actions and explains the Government and industry response.