Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee

Long-term delivery of social and affordable rented housing inquiry

Inquiry status: Concluded

Due to the general election on 12 December 2019 the Committee has now closed this inquiry. Following the dissolution of Parliament on 6 November, all Select Committees will cease to exist until after the general election. If an inquiry on this subject is held in the future, the Committee may refer to the evidence already gathered as part of this inquiry.

Scope of the inquiry

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee has launched a new inquiry to examine the long-term delivery of social and affordable rented housing.
The Government has set a target of delivering 300,000 new homes per year by mid-2020. However, current expectations mean that as little as 3% of this target could be social homes built by local authorities. Housing charity Shelter has warned that over 3 million new social home would need to be built over a 20 year period to address social housing need. Amounting to 150,000 new social homes per year this is significantly higher than the Government’s current plans.
The new inquiry will investigate the effectiveness of the Government’s current strategies to boost social and affordable rented housing provision. This will include the adequacy of funding levels, as well as programmes and incentives for key stakeholders, such as local authorities and housing associations, to stimulate delivery.
The Committee will also look at the challenges facing different areas of the country and consider what lessons can be learnt from successful schemes in other countries.

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