Analysis of the latest homelessness statistics reveals that for every new social home built in England, eight families are accepted as homeless by their local council. Sarah-Jane Gay talks us through the issue.
Sarah-Jane Gay is an External Affairs Manager at the National Housing Federation and leads on our homelessness work
12 July 2015
In 2018 the Government made its first commitment in 10 years to building homes for social rent, but at £2bn this was only intended to build 25,000 homes over five years. We know that England needs many as 90,000 new social rent homes every year to house those most in need, including homeless families and those on waiting lists. This is over 17 times the number currently being built. To end this crisis, the new Prime Minister must invest £12.8bn in social housing every year for the next ten years.