The UK is in the middle of a serious affordable housing crisis.

 

Many households on average incomes face rising housing costs. Yet housing affordability is poorly understood, and policy makers and politicians have struggled to find any lasting solutions.

 
 
 

The housing landscape

There is broad consensus that the country is in the middle of a serious affordable housing crisis. The problem has taken root well beyond the capital and is affecting not just the young and those on the lowest incomes. Yet housing affordability is poorly understood, and policy makers have struggled to find any lasting solutions.

Set against this backdrop, the Smith Institute with the support of the Nationwide Foundation, established the independent Affordable Housing Commission (AHC), chaired by Lord Best with 15 leading players from across the housing world. The Commission has an ambitious work programme and over the course of 18 months will examine the causes and effects of this affordability crisis, explore and propose workable solutions (big and small) and build consensus for change. It will engage with key decision makers and stakeholders and stimulate a wider public debate on how to make housing for all genuinely affordable.

 
 
 

Who are the Commissioners

The independent Affordable Housing Commission is comprised of 15 leading players from across the housing world and chaired by Lord Best.

▶ Meet the Commissioners

 
 
 

What is the Commission

The AHC is an independent, non-partisan commission. Set against the backdrop of serious housing affordability crisis the Smith Institute with the support of the Nationwide Foundation, established the independent Affordable Housing Commission (AHC), chaired by Lord Best with 15 leading players from across the housing world.

Over the lifetime of the Commission, it will be undertaking research and financial modelling, conducting polling and focus groups and publishing discussion documents. Alongside our research activities the Commission will be engaging key stakeholders and hosting events across the country.

A final report of the Commission’s findings and recommendations will be published in early 2020.