Briefing: Building more affordable homes

By: Angel Strachan  Published: October 2018


A briefing on the lack of affordable housing in the UK, ahead of a debate in the House of Lords.

Summary

At the heart of every problem that we see is the overall lack of affordable homes. Quite simply we aren’t building enough homes – and haven’t for a generation. In addition, the homes we are building are all too often unaffordable, unattractive and lacking in necessary community infrastructure.

The our increasing reliance on an expensive, insecure and often unprofessional private rented sector to house families on typical incomes is behind the rise in homelessness in the UK.

We need to change this by securing consistent, long-term funding from the government for a new generation of public homes at low rents. We also need to address problems in current planning legislation that give landowners and developers too much control over what gets built.

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