The provision of social housing today is unrecognisable from when Lloyd George promised ‘homes for heroes’. We have moved from a model where local authorities were required by law to provide housing to a market-based system in which many housing associations operate.
But with more than 30 years of Right to Buy, a growing private rental sector and a shrinking public purse – do we really need social housing anymore? Or have we just lost our nerve providing the right mix of housing in our communities?
We repeatedly hear that Britain is in the grip of a housing crisis and that communities need rebuilding. So just what is social about social housing and what kind of homes do we want our children to live in?