Why Social Housing?

Nothing is more important than secure, affordable housing. It's the bedrock of stable families and neighbourhoods. For those who can work, it offers the chance to have a meaningful and remunerative life. For those who can no longer work, it offers the chance for dignity, peace and to contribute to their communities.

Social rented housing is a tenure of choice for many people. With an ageing population, in particular, a high proportion of elderly people welcome the security affordability and independence of social housing.


Social rented housing represents an immensely valuable and surplus creating asset that should be held in trust for the nation, for the benefit of current and future generations. Its assets should be used to achieve social purpose and save the taxpayer money.

The affordable rent model is not an appropriate form of tenure for people on low incomes

A greater supply of social rented housing allows local authorities and housing associations to meet wider objectives in terms of housing needs mixed communities.

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  • Peter Hook
    I have been homeless since 2014. I need a home, can anyone help?
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