Social Housing or Private Housing

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!


By Pip:Wip







  1. Crampton Primary School Crampton Primary School

    Social housing gives people there

    Own homes and


    It helps people


    There homes

    Yet there is not anuf

    There is not a lot of Ways of giving people in need homes but I think I have one. We should build more skyscrapers as more people can live in a skyscraper than in a normal house

    Swallow 567

  2. Hornsey School for Girls Hornsey School for Girls

    @blackmagic13 That is a good point swallow 567. As building skyscrapers means building up so there is more space but you would mostly find skyscrapers in somewhere like Central London and unfortunately it is more expensive there so even though it helps with the space it does not help with the price and normal social housing price is cheaper which can be why people live in social housing. But I do see what you getting at which is to build something with moor apartments and building up takes up less space than building across.

  3. Elaine Primary Academy Elaine Primary Academy

    I say private because even though more money you will get a bigger house so when you have a family you wont have to think about moving and if it private you will get a better quality house


  4. Elaine Primary Academy Elaine Primary Academy

    i say private