Is home ownership the way out of poverty?




Opinion is divided over whether buying or renting is the better housing policy.


Centre for Social Justice Executive director Philippa Stroud argues that property ownership is still one of the best defences against poverty.


Royal Society for the Arts chief executive Matthew Taylor counters that home ownership has increased social inequality in terms of the life chances and assets of people who own their own homes, arguing instead that we should foster a massive expansion in the private rental sector and improve the quality of the houses on offer.