Housing supply

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on housing supply. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Commons Briefing Papers

13.01.2016The UN Inquiry into the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the UK
The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is conducting an inquiry into the impact of the UK Government's policies on people with disabilities in relation to their human rights obligations. This briefing paper provides information on the Committee, details of the inquiry and an overview of the Government's policies in relation to people with disabilities.
29.12.2015Housing and Planning Bill: Report on Committee Stage
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper provides information on the Housing and Planning Bill's progress in Public Bill Committee. The paper summarises Government amendments to the Bill and discussion on the Opposition's attempts to amend the Bill.
09.12.2015Housing an Ageing Population (England)
This House of Commons Library briefing paper discusses the challenges around providing housing for older people in the midst of both a growing population and a still recovering housing market. It covers issues around housing stock; adaptations; retirement housing and asset release.
30.11.2015Planning Reform Proposals
Reforms aimed at making the planning system quicker and simpler to use are high on the Government's agenda, as set out in the 2015 Productivity Plan. Provisions in the Housing and Planning Bill make changes to the planning system with the aim of getting more houses built. This paper sets out the Government's key planning reform proposals and those changes in the process of being made.
12.11.2015Housebuilding: Social Indicators page
140,860 permanent dwellings were completed in the UK in 2013/14, an increase of 4% on 2012/13 (itself a post-war low) but relatively low historically.
22.10.2015Housing and Planning Bill 2015-16
This Commons Library briefing paper provides background and comment on the Housing and Planning Bill 2015-16. The Bill was presented on 13 October 2015 and is scheduled to receive its Second Reading on 2 November 2015.
25.09.2015Starter Homes for Young First-Time Buyers
This research briefing provides detail on the Starter Homes scheme, launched in February 2015 and aimed exclusively at first-time buyers under 40 years of age. It covers the scheme's background as well as the consultation process it undertook in December 2014 along with the Government's response. Finally, it provides a summary of progress on the scheme to date.
04.09.2015Meeting London's housing need
This briefing paper considers evidence of London's housing crisis; how much additional housing is needed; and the barriers and potential solutions to the issue arising from a selection of research projects.
18.08.2015Social housing: 'pay to stay' at market rents
This note provides information on the 'pay to stay' scheme in England under which social landlords can charge tenants with an income of over 60,000 market or near market rents. The Government intends to make higher rents compulsory in due course for social tenants earning over 40,000 in London and 30,000 elsewhere.
15.06.2015The Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015
This Act builds on existing Government initiatives, particularly the proposed 'Right to Build', with the aim of increasing the number of self/custom built properties in England. This note explains the Act's provisions.


30.03.2015Measuring Living Standards
This POSTnote outlines different approaches to setting and measuring thresholds and their strengths and limitations. It also summarises research on recent trends in living standards and the key factors that influence them.

Select Committee Reports

18.01.2011Beyond Decent Homes.
Government response. Communities and Local Government Select Committee report [Commons]
08.03.2010Beyond Decent Homes.
Communities and Local Government Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

That this House welcomes the formation of the Solo Properties Action Group which has been established in response to the deceitful actions of Solo Properties, in South Shields; understands ...
That this House believes that England faces a housing shortage with fewer homes being built than the new households that are being formed each year; welcomes the Royal Institute of ...
That this House believes that investment in existing and new council housing is an urgent priority to avert a growing housing crisis, leading to a failing housing market and growing ...
That this House notes that regional spatial strategies removed green belt protection and caused environmental harm; believes that it was right for the Government to announce its early ...
That this House believes that gardens around houses which are currently classified as brownfield land should be redesignated as greenfield land.


  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses