Published: 27th Jul 2020

A cross-party group of MPs has said it is possible to meet the country’s housing needs with 90,000 new social homes a year, but only with government support. In a report out today (27 July), the housing, communities and local government committee said a boost in house building would provide a much-needed boost to jobs during the economic uncertainty caused by the pandemic. The report warns the nation is in a social housing crisis, with 83,700 households in temporary accommodation, an increase of 82% since 2010, and the number of people rough sleeping has gone up 165% in the same period. Since 1981, over a million homes have been lost from social housing stock and in 2019 only 6,827 new homes were built. In order to remedy this shortage, the report calls on the government to invest in social housing, and provide the financial support required to dramatically ramp up … (To read the full article, subscribe below)