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Content published before December 2016

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on social rented housing. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Commons Briefing Papers

11.10.2016Brexit: implications for the housing market and construction industry
This short House of Commons Library briefing paper considers the early impact of the vote to leave the European Union on the UK housing market and house building industry.
28.09.2016Paying for supported housing
This House of Commons Library briefing paper explains the impact of the Government's policy of requiring rent reductions, and also the application of Local Housing Allowance caps, on the supported housing sector. The sector has argued that the measures threaten its viability. On 15 September 2016 the Government announced that LHA caps will apply in 2019/20.
09.08.2016Housing Benefit measures announced since 2010
This Commons Library Briefing Paper brings together details of the main Housing Benefit changes announced since 2010. Not all of the measures announced in 2015 have been implemented at this point.
28.07.2016Housing options for serving and ex-military personnel
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper outlines the housing options open to serving and ex-military personnel, it does not cover service accommodation provided by the Ministry of Defence.
21.07.2016Extending a voluntary Right to Buy to housing association tenants (England)
This House of Commons Library briefing explains proposals to extend the Right to Buy to assured tenants of housing associations on a voluntary basis. No implementation date has been announced although a pilot scheme with five associations is underway.
13.07.2016Sources of Statistics: Constituency Statistics
This introductory guide provides sources of statistics on constituency level statistics.
13.07.2016Sources of Statistics: Housing
This introductory guide provides sources of statistics on housing.
13.07.2016Comparing the Right to Buy in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides a comparison of Right to Buy policies in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
04.07.2016Rent setting: social housing (England)
This House of Commons briefing paper explains key policy developments in relation to setting social housing rent levels in England since 2002. It covers recent policy developments including the requirement on social landlords to reduce rents by 1% in each year for four years from April 2016.
27.05.2016Social housing: the end of 'lifetime' tenancies in England?
This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides information on social landlords' discretion not to offer a 'lifetime' tenancy to new tenants after 1 April 2012. The paper goes on to explain provisions contained in the Housing and Planning Act 2016 which will, when in force, provide that local authorities will only be able to offer longer-term tenancies in certain circumstances.

Lords Library Notes

27.10.2016Impact of the Shortage of Housing on Young People
This House of Lords Library briefing presents an overview of housing in the UK, including statistics on housing supply and demand. It considers some of the causes of the housing shortage and explores recent reports that have sought to identify the impact of the housing market on young people. It concludes with a brief summary of government policy in this area.


30.03.2015Measuring Living Standards
This POSTnote outlines different approaches to setting and measuring thresholds and their strengths and limitations. It also summarises research on recent trends in living standards and the key factors that influence them.

Early Day Motions

That this House deplores the failure of Eastlands Homes to reply, since September 2011, to correspondence from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to his constituent, ...
That this House is concerned that social housing tenants are being denied savings of up to 180 per year on their energy bills as well as subsidised energy efficiency measures because ...
That this House deplores the decline in the number of new lettings made by local authorities and registered social landlords from 423,000 in 1996-97 to 264,000 in 2008-09; notes the ...
That this House is concerned that proposals for new fixed-term tenancies for council and housing association tenants, and up to 80 per cent. of market rents for new housing association ...
That this House notes the recently published report by the Bevan Foundation, entitled The Great Rent Robbery, which catalogues the failures of the Housing Revenue Account subsidy scheme ...


  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses