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Shelter works to alleviate the distress caused by homelessness and bad housing through providing advice and information, and campaigning for political change to end the housing crisis.

Shelter approached us to find an economist who could offer some input to their work building an economic case for investment in housing.

Our volunteer economist Robert Carver considered the constraints to housing delivery since 2008. His findings suggest that the decline in house building is due to the depressed level of final demand for new homes rather than constraints in the planning system. Robert presented his findings at Shelter’s Housing and the Economy roundtable event in October, informing discussion among leading economists from a broad range of fields on the role housing supply can play in stimulating national economic growth.

We are grateful to Robert Carver for his time and hard work in delivering this report.

19th January 2012