Published: 19th Feb 2020

Housing overcrowding in parts of London and the South East of England has hit a 40-year high, according to a new study. According to the research by Professor Christopher Lloyd of Queen’s University Belfast, overcrowding in some parts of London has risen by almost a third (31%) between 1971 and 2011. Professor Lloyd also found that in 33% of neighbourhoods in London the number of homes available per person was smaller in 2017 than at any time since at least 1991. The research, which was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, is the first of its kind, delving deeper into how overcrowding and has changed at neighbourhood level over four decades. Working with James Gleeson from the Greater London Authority, the pair studied Census data as well as administrative data to explore the scale of the housing problem. ‘The housing crisis remains high on the agenda for the … (To read the full article, subscribe below)