Inquiry into British Housing 1984-1991

Richard Best

An update on the progress made toward implementing the recommendations of the Inquiry into British Housing.

An Inquiry into British Housing was mounted in 1984, chaired by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, then President of the National Federation of Housing Associations. The Inquiry's brief was 'to consider inadequacies in the availability and condition of housing in Britain, and to make recommendations to remedy the deficiencies identified'.

This summary reviews the Inquiry's key recommendations, considers what steps have been made towards implementing them, and reviews what further steps need to be taken. Issues discussed include:

  • the phased withdrawal of mortgage interest tax relief;
  • the conversion of housing subsidies into a needs-related housing allowance;
  • the introduction of a nationwide rent-setting system;
  • the provision of sufficient affordable homes for those unable to buy.
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