Here are some of the reasons why SHOUT was born:
- Post-War governments increased house-building to nearly 300,000 homes a year in England by 1954, of which almost 200,000 were social rented homes.
- In the 1960s a peak of over 350,000 homes was reached in 1968 in England, of which 150,000 were social rented and 200,000 private.
- In 1981 councils and housing associations owned 5.2 million rented homes in England. By 2012 this had fallen to 4 million, a loss of 1.2 million homes.
- Private house builders have never since exceeded their 1968 achievement of building 226,070 homes.
- The private housebuilding industry itself is now saying that the target of building 200,000 homes a year is ‘”impossible”.
- House prices have increased at roughly four times the rate of general inflation since the 1970s and the average house price to average earnings ratio of 6.7 to 1, nearly double that of fifteen years ago.
- Every affordable home built generates an additional £108,000 in the economy and creates 2.3 jobs.
- The highest proportion of non-decent homes is found in the private rented sector – 33 per cent – while the lowest, at 15 percent, is found in the social rented sector.
- 40 per cent of the Housing Benefit bill now goes to private landlords. On average, each PRS tenant claims £23.41 more per week in housing benefit than a social housing tenant.
- Housing associations invest £750m annually in community initiatives, helping over eight million people.
- Barely half (56 per cent) of people living in private rented homes are registered to vote; this compares with over three quarters (76 per cent) of those living in social housing.
- Just 6 per cent of social housing tenants have incomes above the £26,000 benefits cap.
SHOUT wants to restore the political consensus that existed during the post-war period from 1945 to 1980.