Laura Sharman 31 January 2018

More than 150,000 homes for social rent lost in five years

More than 150,000 homes for social rent lost in five years image

More than 150,000 of the most affordable rented homes have been lost across England in just five years, new research has revealed.

The analysis of government figures by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) found 103,642 local authority homes and 46,972 housing association homes for social rent have been lost between 2012 and 2017.

Most of the losses were down to social homes being converted to 'affordable rent' or bring sold through right to buy.

Based on current trends, the CIH predicts that loss will reach 230,000 homes by 2020, confirming the 'urgent need' for more genuinely affordable housing.

Chief executive of CIH Terrie Alafat said: 'For many people on lower incomes, the only truly affordable option is social rent. It is simply unacceptable that we are losing so many of our most affordable homes at a time when more and more people are in need.'

She added that government investment was 'heavily skewed' towards the private market. 'Our analysis shows that 79% of the housing budget up to 2020/21 is directed towards private housing, with just 21% going to affordable housing.

'Rebalancing this budget, so that more money is spent on affordable homes, could make a big difference.'

The CIH is also calling for councils to be able to retain all the money raised though right to buy.

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Youth Service Lead

Essex County Council
Negotiable
Essex is a diverse county which encompasses some of the highest levels of deprivation in the country as well as some highly affluent communities. This England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Qualified Social Workers within Adult Services

Essex County Council
£30906 - £42254 per annum
Essex County Council ( ECC) can offer a wide range of opportunities within Adult Social Care for Qualified Social Workers across a variety of teams an England, Essex, Colchester
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Building Surveyor

Essex County Council
£38001.0 - £43299.0 per annum
Discover the perfect work/life balance - then combine it with genuine job satisfaction. At Essex County Council, we are proud to support a highly skil England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Social Care Manager - Preparing for Adulthood Team

City of York Council
£30,500 - £34,797 per annum
We are looking for someone who will... York, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: City of York Council

Control Practitioner - Nights

City of York Council
£21,400 to £23,793 per annum) reduced pro-rata
Be Independent are a City of York council service focused on assisting customers to live independently in their own homes. York, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: City of York Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue