Currently, one of the biggest debates in politics, is whether to invest in social housing or to increase private housing ownership. In 1980, Margaret Thatcher’s Housing Act, the Right to Buy, was passed through parliament; it was an act which gave people the chance to buy their home in social housing. This changed history.
This was thought to be a great idea, and to this day still is, however it meant that the amount of social housing decreased significantly .
In 1949, the end of WW2, social housing began, as the Homes for Heroes policy was introduced; 80% of all houses were owned by the council – in social housing.
In 1980, when the Right to Buy was introduced, social housing decreased; only 30% of all houses were owned by the council and housing associations.
Now, at the moment, social housing has dropped massively; just 17% of all houses are owned by the council and housing associations.
Every day, 150 families in the UK become homeless due to there not being enough social housing.
What are your views on this topic, be open minded and remember, there are no right or wrong answers!