Posted 30 Sep 2019
Response to Conservative conference announcement on shared ownership
Polly Neate, chief executive of Shelter, said: “Today’s package of housing policies offers nothing to the average renter who has no savings of their own, and fails to reverse the decimation of social housing in this country.
“Research shows that 83% of social renters have no savings at all, so plans to extend the offer of shared ownership to new housing association tenants simply don’t add up. Worse still, this risks losing even more of the few social homes we have left – spelling disaster for the millions stuck on housing waiting lists.
“The government is in danger of missing a huge opportunity. Voters of every political persuasion have made it clear they want more social housing, not less. It’s high time the government listened – the only way to end the housing emergency is to build three million homes in the next 20 years.”
- According to the latest English Housing Survey, 83% of social renters have no savings at all.
- Shelter’s analysis shows 37% of people who voted in the 2017 general election – an estimated 11.8 million people* – think the government should prioritise building social homes. This compares to 29% who want the government to prioritise home-ownership schemes like Help to Buy and shared ownership.
- 67% of adults support the building of more social housing in their local area.
[YouGov survey of 10,298 adults in Great Britain, online, weighted, July 2018]
Notes to Editor
Shared ownership analysis:
- Household savings are from the English Housing Survey 2017/18, Private Rented Sector Report: Annex Table 2.7 Savings among all households.
Prioritising social homes analysis:
All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 4,934 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 8th–11th September 2019. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).
*Figure derived through analysis by Shelter using the YouGov polling results in conjunction with ONS 2017 mid-year population estimates and IPSO Mori’s 2017 Election Study