The Future of Social Homes for Rent

Research issued: 05/11/2018

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Local authorities need to build an average 1,800 homes every year according to our latest research.

When polled, almost two-thirds (65 per cent) of senior managers and decision-makers within local authorities in England are 'very concerned' about the provision of socially rented housing in their area. In southern England (including London), this rose to 75 per cent. The general public were just as concerned with 64 per cent of adults saying they think there is a social housing crisis in England.

The decline in building homes for social rent

Currently, the majority of government money for housing goes to housing associations, rather than local authorities, which now occupy a key role as non-government delivery agents for the provision of affordable and social housing. 

But the housing association model is not delivering enough new social homes for rent. In 2017-18, registered providers based in England, representing 89 percent of the housing association stock, completed just 4,500 homes for social rent (both inside and outside the Affordable Homes Programme). This represents a drop of six per cent on 2016-17 when 4,775 social rented homes were built, which, in turn, represented a decrease of 13 per cent on 2015-16 when 5,464 social rented homes were completed.

The Future Of Homes For Social Rent Graph

Councils have not held the required level of responsibility, or had the funding, to build homes for social rent for years. It has all been down to housing associations who, with the best will in the world, have not been building homes for social rent on the scale the country needs. The model is not working.

Mark Robinson, Scape Group chief executive

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