A future of the welfare state thinkpiece

Published as part of ILC-UK's "future of the state" project, this thinkpiece sets out that building and sustaining enough housebuilding to meet our chronic undersupply requires action on all levels, not just focused on younger people.

It argues for more council commissioning of housing, a wider range of commissioners of new house building and tenure options, including a greater choice for older people in general needs housing.

The think piece also points out that providing a better choice of options for older people looking to downsize would unlock substantial equity that could be made available to invest in new homes whilst releasing existing family homes into the market.