Shelter alerts that the decline in social housebuilding in recent years has caused a drastic increase in house prices, private rental costs, thus resulting in a steep increase of homelessness.
The briefing provides figures and statistics: homeownership in England is is at its lowest in 30 years; rent costs are soaring, and, as a result, homelessness figures have reached a high.
The charity urges government to make a long-term, ambitious commitment to social house building, in order to put an end to the current housing crisis.
Speculative dvelopment sets a barrier to social housebuilding; existing plans to shift to large scale off-site manufacturing need to be realised. A long-term social housing plan will also stabilize the construction industry, being able to allow for predictability of demand to plan labour, skills, material and costs.