Shelter Calls for Urgent Action to Address Housing Crisis

Shelter Urges Political Parties to Commit to Building More Affordable Social Homes

A recent report from Shelter reveals that social housing tenants enjoy rents that are significantly lower—by 60% on average—compared to those in the private rented sector (PRS). This translates to an average monthly savings of £828 for social housing tenants. The charity is calling on all political parties to address the housing crisis by committing to the construction of more affordable social homes.

Substantial Savings for Social Housing Tenants

According to Shelter’s findings:

  • Tenants in London would save £1,400 per month.
  • Those in the East of England would save £630 per month.
  • Renters in the South East would be £730 per month better off.

The Importance of Social Housing

Polly Neate, Shelter’s Chief Executive, emphasized the critical role of social housing in improving lives and fostering stable communities. “Social housing enables people to live better lives, but we just don’t have enough of it – not by a long shot,” Ms. Neate stated. She pointed to the chronic underbuilding of genuinely affordable social homes as a major factor contributing to the current housing crisis, which has led to record numbers of homeless children and unaffordable rents.

Decades of failure to build genuinely affordable social homes has left the country in a dire state. We continually hit shameful records with numbers of homeless children and sky-high rents, as more and more families are plunged into homelessness,” she added.

The Impact of Housing Insecurity

Shelter’s report highlights the detrimental effects of housing insecurity on families, particularly those living in temporary accommodation. Currently, a record 145,800 children are homeless and living in such conditions. Affordable social homes, the charity argues, would protect these families from homelessness and help maintain the cohesion of communities.

A Call to Action

Ms. Neate underscored the urgency of the situation, particularly in light of the upcoming General Election. “The housing emergency has been wilfully ignored for too long. All the signs point to one solution and it’s the only one that works,” she said. “Now that a General Election has been called, we cannot afford to waste any time. All political parties must commit to building genuinely affordable social homes – we need 90,000 a year over 10 years to end the housing emergency for good.”

 

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