Policy Statements of Intent: How the main pre-manifesto positions stack up

Housebuilding, property taxes and tenancy lengths in the private rented sector have been flagged up as the “bones of contention” in the major political parties’ pre-election banter.

Knight Frank’s been poring over the sales pitches from the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, UKIP and the Greens – and chatting to the relevant spokespeople – to devise this handy comparison chart:

Knight Frank pre-manifestor matrix

Knight Frank’s Gráinne Gilmore: “The politicians’ focus on housebuilding is not purely about delivering much-needed homes across the country – a flourishing construction sector has wider implications for the country, providing employment and tax revenues.

“However all parties must address some issues hampering development, including a shortage of skilled labour, problems in the planning system and the hesitant pace of the release of public sector land which can be used for development.

“How they plan to overcome these hurdles will form a key part of how, when and where they aim to deliver housing over the next five years.”