SHOUT is campaigning for an affordable, flourishing and fair Social Housing Sector
These are our key requests:
- We want to see 100,000 new social rented homes built each year as part of delivering the 200,000 or more total new homes the country requires.
- This programme should be funded though removing or easing the current restrictions on council borrowing for housing, a significantly larger social housing grant programme, and a robust regime for private developer contributions.
- All social rented homes lost through the Right to Buy, voluntary sales and conversions to ‘Affordable Rent’ should be replaced on a like for like basis where there is need.
- The government should set a target of surplus public land to be made available for social rented housing at low cost and develop robust mechanisms for releasing land and assembling sites in local areas.
- Any new town or garden city programme should contain a significant proportion of social rented housing.
- Social housing rents should continue to be based upon an affordability formula.
- Social rented housing should be properly regulated to encourage high quality management with tenants involved to the degree they choose.
- The ‘Affordable Rent’ programme, in its present format, should be wound down in favour of a social rented housing programme. Registered Providers should refuse to sign up to the ‘Affordable Rent programme in its present format in those areas of the country where ‘affordable rents’ are transparently unaffordable.
- Social rented housing should be viewed as a tenure of equal status to others. It meets needs that other tenures cannot and is a tenure of choice for millions of people. This choice should be acknowledged and supported.
- National and local politicians should be encouraged to take the lead in affirming the positive value and purpose of social rented housing, and challenging the demonization and stigmatisation of social housing and social housing residents.
- Future governments should set out long-term strategies for housing, including supply, in order to bring stability and certainty to UK housing markets with the aim of reducing the ratio of wages to house prices and rents over a defined period.