Social Housing Factsheet

By: Rita Diaz  Published: September 2009

During the post-war period social housing was the tenure of choice for many working households. However, as a result of the sale of local authority housing in the 1980s and the failure to build sufficient homes to maintain stock levels, the provision has become more tightly constrained and social housing today only has the capacity to house those in the greatest need.


This factsheet provides information on the numbers and characteristics of households living in social housing in England and outlines how social housing is allocated. It also looks at the availability of social housing and worklessness in this sector.


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