According to Shelter UK, there is critical shortage of social homes in England, with over 1 million households on waiting lists and a significant decline in the construction of affordable housing. This shortfall has forced millions into the private rented sector, exacerbating issues like homelessness, overcrowding, and the unaffordability of homes. Shelter is advocating for the government to construct at least 90,000 social homes annually to address the crisis and ensure everyone has a secure place to live.
In a similar study, Shelter’s Commission on the future of social housing called for 3.1 million new social homes over a 20-year period, an average of 155,000 per year. While the UK Government has made clear its position on improving the provision of suitable homes for adults with learning disabilities, there is a significant funding gap which cannot be met by the public sector alone.