This animation, from the CPRE, highlights that England hasn’t built enough genuinely affordable homes in rural or urban areas for decades. Following cuts to capital grant and financial restrictions on councils, we now rely on private developers to deliver a large share of new affordable homes through the Section 106 system. But since 2012, national planning rules have blunted this tool by enabling the widespread use and abuse of viability assessments.
The scheme is simple: when you buy a drink you pay a small deposit of around 10p. Then, when you take the container back to the shop, your deposit is returned and the container is recycled.