Council homes are being sold off without being replaced.
Only one in six council houses sold under Right to Buy are being replaced. Overall there are fewer homes available for “social rent” or equivalent in the social housing sector. There are increasing numbers available for higher “affordable rents”.
“...council homes are sold off without being replaced...”
We recently looked into this and found that roughly one in six council homes which are sold off under Right to Buy are replaced—a replacement being a home built or bought using some of the money from the sales generated by recent government policies.
But does this mean that there are fewer council houses available?
The vast majority of council houses are available at a level of rent known as social rent, which is around half the normal market rent which would be charged on property.
The number of council properties available for social rent in England has been falling in the last few years. In 2014/15, there were 1,635,000. That’s 28,000 less than in2013/14 when there were 1,663,000 available.
That's not the whole story. Councils nowadays own a much smaller proportion of the country's social rented housing stock compared to what they once did. Housing associations are the biggest provider of houses for social rent. So to understand the complete picture these need to be considered too.
We removed “although more social housing generally is being built than is being sold” from the conclusion and replaced it with a more detailed picture of what’s been happening to levels of “social rented” and “affordable rented” housing. We also updated the piece to include these breakdowns in the text, and to use a better measure of the total stock of social housing.
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