Quantifying the need for a new supply of social housing: research

Document type
Report
Author(s)
McCallum, Alex
Publisher
Shelter
Date of publication
1 January 2019
Subject(s)
Housing and Homelessness
Material type
Reports

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After the Grenfell Tower fire had tragically brought the social housing crisis to light, Shelter consulted with a group of 16 commissioners from different political backgrounds about the best way forward for the future development of social housing in England.

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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