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Demand outstripping supply

According to a study conducted in 2019 by Professor Glen Bramley of Heriot-Watt University for the National Housing Federation (NHF), 90,000 additional social housing properties per year are required over a 15-year period to meet the current demand for accommodation.

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.

14100000

There are 14.1 million people in the UK who live with a disability.
Scope UK

1800000

people with a disability that state they live in the wrong accommodation.
London School of Economics

8,500,000

 people in England have some form of unmet housing need.
National Housing Federation

A sustained health problem within the UK continues to increase demand.

The increasing gap between demand and supply is being exacerbated as 31,000 units of social housing are lost each year through sales and demolitions, with Right to Buy accounting for most losses.

The increases in demand and lack of adequate funding in England has led to a sharp increase in the number of households living in temporary accommodation over the last decade. There were 95,370 households in temporary accommodation in England at the end of December 2020, 8% higher than the same date a year previously and 79% higher than the same date in 2011

Source: Social rented housing (England): past trends and prospects

Reports & Publications

Future of Supported Housing 2017

Future of Supported Housing 2017

UK Government - Department for Communities and Local Government

Funding Supported Housing Policy Statement and Consultation

Funding Supported Housing Policy Statement and Consultation

UK Government - Department for Communities and Local Government

Care Act 2014

Care Act 2014

UK Government

The Hidden Housing Crisis

The Hidden Housing Crisis

Leonard Cheshire Disability

Independent Living Strategy: A review of progress

Independent Living Strategy: A review of progress

Disability Rights UK

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