0370 270 6000

Redefining social housing

20 October 2010

The CSR has delivered the expected 50% cut in the social housing budget. In addition, affordable housing will be “redefined” with new tenants offered intermediate rents at around 80% of the market rent. Terms for existing tenants will not be changed.

This will soften the blow of the grant cuts. However, it will lead to harsh results – neighbours paying different rents, more people dependant on benefits to afford rents and fewer “affordable” homes in higher value areas.

According to the Chancellor, increased rents will deliver 150,000 new affordable homes over four years – that will do little to address current demand. Indeed, won’t the reduction in grants, housing benefit cuts and “redefinition” of affordable housing mean increased demand for social housing will exceed any increase in supply?

The CSR repeatedly mentions the need to reform social housing to make it “more responsive, flexible and fair”. Today has been light on the detail but it’s clear the Government intends there to be change and probably sooner rather than later.

Related opinions

Procurement Bill — what’s new in 2022?

The Procurement Bill (the Bill) has now been with us for about four months, during which time there have been a huge number of amendments proposed in the House of Lords (circa 320). Lately, there has been less mention of it — unsurprising, really, given everything else going on in politics recently — but here’s a summary of some of the key issues and themes so far.

View blog

IR35 rules to be scrapped from April 2023

The Chancellor’s recent mini-budget provided a significant announcement for business as it was confirmed that the off-payroll working rules (known as “IR35”) put in place for public and private sector businesses from 2017 and 2021 will be scrapped from April 2023.

View blog

Challenges from potential Foster Carers and Adopters

Our immediate future shows a renewed focus on foster care. We’re going to see a new nationwide-drive to recruit foster carers and the implementation of a more robust, and potentially financially-generous system for encouraging friends and family to care for their relatives (both when extended families cannot cope or provide care for any reason).

View blog

Unions bowled over by strike legislation

As of 21 July, two separate pieces of legislation came into force which seeks to mitigate against strike action. It should come as no surprise that this is a direct response to the rail strikes, which have dominated the news in the last couple of months.

View blog

Mailing list sign up

Select which mailings you would like to receive from us.

Sign up