Social Housing Collapses As Homelessness Soars

Posted: October 25, 2013 in Disability

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HousingIsaHumanRightThe number of social housing properties let on ‘social rents’ fell to a five year low in 2012/13 in England* figures released this month reveal.

Just 350,835 properties were rented out on secure or assured tenancies at social rents by councils and private sector providers – usually meaning housing associations – in the last year.  Even adding in the new fixed term tenancies, with so-called affordable rents, the entire stock of new lettings hit a three year low, falling by around 15,000 properties since this government weren’t elected in 2010.

The amount of properties rented out by Local Authorities has been falling for years, however a small growth in Housing Association and other privately managed social housing had kept the numbers reasonably stable.  That is no longer the case with local authority lettings down by 6% in 2012/13 and lettings by private providers falling by 3%.

Tenancies on affordable rents…

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