Published: 16th Nov 2020

The number of households waiting for a council house in England is set to double to more than 2m by next year, according to new figures. A report commissioned by the Local Government Association (LGA), Association of Retained Council Housing, and National Federation of ALMOs, warns the number of families waiting for a council house is set to spiral as a result of the pandemic. According to the report, coronavirus has had a disproportionate health and financial impact on already disadvantaged groups, with the most deprived areas of England seeing mortality rates for Covid-19 double that of the least deprived, while ethnic minorities have seen their household incomes reduce by a larger percentage than those of white citizens. It argues that social home building will enable the government’s ‘levelling-up’ agenda to target those communities in greatest need, by providing low-cost quality housing. And the report calls for a post-pandemic building boom … (To read the full article, subscribe below)