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Welfare Reform on the Web (May 2009): Social housing - UK

Housing industry welcomes 500m funding package

J. Russell

Daily Telegraph Budget 2009 special report, Apr. 23rd 2009, B9

Measures designed to provide an estimated 120,000 new homes and boost the housebuilding industry include 400m to help restart private sector development and 100m for local authorities to help pay for new social housing.

Power to the people

J. Thornhill

Housing, issue 32, 2009, p. 8-9

There are high levels of dissatisfaction among social housing tenants. Landlords need to realise that satisfaction rates will not rise unless tenants are meaningfully involved in decision-making. A consultation by the Chartered Institute of Housing revealed significant barriers to tenants seizing involvement opportunities. This paper summarises its proposals for improvement.

Regeneration projects and the credit crunch

M. Ward

Local Economy, vol. 24, 2009, p. 174-177

As a result of the recession, regeneration and house building in the UK are in crisis. Policies and structures that previously worked well are no longer effective. In the recent past much social housing has been delivered on the back of market developments for sale and by housing associations. Following the housing market crash and the banking crisis, this model is no longer viable. The author calls for councils to be allowed to resume direct provision of social housing, for structures to be developed that encourage the building of private sector housing for rent, and for action to be taken to stabilise housing association finances.

Understanding the demand for social housing in the United Kingdom: some implications for policy

S. Monk

International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis, vol. 2, 2009, p. 21-38

The role of the social housing sector has changed from housing for general needs to housing for the most vulnerable. Unless the current policy framework changes dramatically, this is set to continue. However, the evidence presented here shows that although access to social housing is restricted to those in greatest need, people's situations may improve over time, enabling them to move on. It is estimated that for nearly half of tenants, social housing acts as a stepping stone to more desirable tenures. For the rest, the sector acts as a safety net. The challenge for the sector is to meet the long-term needs of the most vulnerable and needy households, while ensuring that opportunities exist for those who are able to leave.

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