Quantifying the need for a new supply of social housing: research
- Document type
- McCallum, Alex
- Date of publication
- 1 January 2019
- Housing and Homelessness
- Material type
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Figures for the population in England who live in social housing have dropped from a third of the population in the 1970s to 17% today. In this report, Shelter determines the number of homes required in England to provide for needs of those currently not provided for in the social housing system.
The author bases his research on analysis of the English Housing Survey and official Household and Population Data, and, as requested by the commissioners, identifies and focuses his report on three groups most in need of social housing.
Groups of the population who the provision of social homes should be extended to are:
- Households, who have long term been in need (i.e. the backlog of social housing need)
- Younger people and young families (i.e. thoses trapped in the rental market)
- Older people
For the key groups identified a total of 3.1 million additional social homes would be needed.
The research paper defines “unmet need” for these key groups, describes the impact the lack of adequate housing has on individuals and families, and summarizes and supports findings, by including statistical data and deatiled breakdown of figures.
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