Briefing: Missed opportunity - Changes to public investment in housing In
By: Adam van Lohuizen Published: July 2015
This briefing estimates how many additional homes could have been built over the past 33 years if government investment in housing (as a share of government revenue) remained at the same level as it did in 1980-81.
- Briefing: Missed Opportunity (PDF 114.5 KB)
In the early 1980's Great Britain had a strong public house building program that delivered thousands of homes for those that needed them most. But since then government investment in housing dropped, and the housing benefit bill has gradually increased since, with more and more people joining the waiting list for social housing.
Our analysis suggests that if public investment in housing had been maintained, we could have built 1 million more homes than we actually did. This would have taken pressure off the housing benefit bill which has increased significantly over the same period.