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Is the London housing market broken?

Join the New Statesman for our free housing debate.

If one thing unites Londoners, it's a collective concern about housing in the capital. Whether it is people struggling to get on the housing ladder, contending with private landlords or worrying about whether their home will hold its value in the years to come, we all have a stake in making sure the market runs as efficiently as possible.

But is it? More and more people feel that they are priced out of the market and that lack of regulation makes private renting untenable in the long term. Meanwhile there is concern that London's housing stock is being treated as a safe investment by foreign buyers who have no intention of living in the properties they purchase. This speculation may be fuelling a bubble, which if it bursts could leave Londoners who have put everything they have into their homes with nothing.

Has the market broken down? Or are these issues the inevitable consequence of the UK's lopsided London-centred economy coupled with globalisation. What should policy makers be doing?

Join us and our panel to debate the issue on the 24 February at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in Westminster. 

This is a free event. Register here.


David Lammy, MP for Tottenham

David Orr, CEO the National Housing Federation

Ingrid Skinner, MD for Taylor Wimpey Central London.

Campbell Robb, CEO of Shelter

Andrew Boff, Leader of the Greater London Authority Conservative Group

Andrew Jones, MD (EMEA) of AECOM for Design, Planning & Economics 

In advance of the debate, join the conversation by voting in our online poll here, or tweet your answer to @NSLiveEvents using #LDNhousing