Policy: Briefing - Taking Stock

By: Kantar Public  Published: April 2011

There is a drastic shortage of housing in England. This impacts negatively on households’ aspirations and needs; one million children live in overcrowded conditions, households delay starting families because they can’t afford a home, more and more people live in the sector with the highest rates of non-decency (the private rented sector) and over a third of us believe that our children will not be able to afford a decent home.


It is a common assumption that, with the supply of new housing failing to keep pace with demand or fill the backlog of need, homes which are currently unused canfill the gap. Shelter has investigated the possibilities of using the existing housing stock more effectively. The three key issues of focus are empty homes, second homes and under-occupied homes.


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