Increasing the supply of social housing 2018: what are the current options?

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Newman, Ines; Mayo, Marjorie
Centre for Labour and Social Studies
Date of publication
26 November 2018
Housing and Homelessness
Social welfare
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The principles that underpin this report are that decent housing is a right, and inequality of access to affordable housing is an injustice that government must remedy. Housing security is essential to ensure participation in all major aspects of life including: securing employment, contributing to local communities, accessing stable education and caring for friends, family and neighbours. Decent housing is a basic need. Meeting this need for everyone is an over-arching principle that our housing policy should speak to.

This report explores a range of options that are being developed in the here and now whilst continuing to campaign for longer term solutions, setting out the potential benefits of these options– as well as their potential limitations. The focus is on increasing the supply of secure, social housing, as part of these wider strategies for the longer term. The report is aimed at councillors, housing policy makers and housing activists looking to develop alternatives.

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