Published: 6th Oct 2020

There is currently only enough funding to provide one social home for every 96 households on the waiting list, according to Shelter. In a new report out today (6 October), the homeless charity has called for urgent action to tackle the ‘woefully inadequate’ provision of new social homes in England. The report calls for a targeted rescue package of £12.2bn over the next two years to fund a total of 50,000 new social homes, out of a total of 145,000 new affordable homes. According to Shelter, a programme of this magnitude could kickstart the post-Covid recovery and reverse years of decline in social housebuilding. A YouGov survey commissioned for the report also reveals that a quarter of private renting adults said their housing situation made lockdown harder to cope with. The survey also found nearly one in five (19%) of adult private renters are constantly struggling with their rent or are already falling behind, and a third (35%) live in poor conditions, with electrical hazards, pests or damp-related issues in their home. Nearly a … (To read the full article, subscribe below)