Survey reveals Brits are in favour of social housing builds

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20th October 2017 13:17 - Housing

 Survey reveals Brits are in favour of social housing builds

Survey reveals Brits are in favour of social housing builds: Commissioned by Home Group, YouGov surveyed 2,026 adults about their thoughts on new build developments in their area. Half of those surveyed were asked about social housing specifically, and half were asked about housing developments generally.

Out of those asked about social housing, 38 percent said they would be happy for a social housing development to be built half a mile from their home. Additionally, 75 percent of respondents said they were indifferent and would not oppose social housing builds near their homes.  

In comparison to those who were asked about housing developments in general, only 17 percent said they would be happy for a housing development to be built within half a mile of their home and 62 percent said they would not oppose one.

With homelessness figures rising, the Government have put plans in place to make the housing market sector more affordable, with particular focus on increasing the amount of social housing.

This year, Theresa May has promised that an extra £2billion will be spent on the social housing sector, and an estimated 250,000 homes are to be built each year.

However, there have been reports circulated that suggest that the housing target will not guarantee affordability, as according to the Office of National Statistics, house prices hit a new high in February this year.

The average house price was £217,500 – 7.7 times the average full-time salary, yet in 2015-16, the amount of affordable homes delivered in 2015-16 were as follows:

·       6,550 - social rent

·       16,550 - affordable rent

·       9,010 - affordable home ownership, shared ownership and intermediate rent

Home Group Chief Executive, Mark Henderson, commented on the survey’s findings: “As a large, national organisation we build homes of all tenures, however, our core social purpose is to support the more vulnerable members of our society, and it’s wonderful to see that the public attitude is largely supportive of this.”

However, former Bank of England policymaker, Kate Barker, believes that: “The required increase in supply to stabilise the price to income ratio ... is not feasible - permanent increases in construction would be required that have never been achieved in history.”

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