Prime Minister Set To Make Housing Announcement At CIH Conference

Shelter UK

Shelter UK

Ahead of the Prime Minister’s appearance at the Chartered Institute of Housing conference tomorrow (Wednesday 26 June at 3pm), please find below the latest key facts and figures on housing in England:

Housing Supply

  • 6,434 social rent homes were delivered in England in 2017-18 a decline of 84% since the start of the decade (39,559 social rent homes were delivered in 2010-11). [MHCLG: live tables here]
  • Over the past five years, the overall number of new homes completed in England averaged 137,000 a year, nowhere near the government’s target to deliver 300,000 homes a year. [Source]
  • Half of young people have no chance of buying a home of their own. [Source: This comes from analysis carried out by Shelter using data from the Resolution Foundation’s ‘Home Affront Report’, which models the future of the housing market and incomes for different age cohorts.]

Number of Social Homes Needed

  • A landmark report by Shelter’s social housing commission called for 3.1 million new social homes over twenty years to end the current housing crisis. [Source]
  • A coalition of five housing organisations and charities – NHF, Shelter, Crisis, CPRE and CIH – today called on the government to invest £12.8 billion a year in building a new generation of social housing. [Source]


  • Shelter’s analysis of recorded homelessness published in November 2018 showed that 320,000 people are homeless in Britain – equivalent to one in every 200 people. [Source]
  • The latest government homelessness figures for England show, that over the course of six months 58,120 households were found to be homeless (a new household every five minutes) and 70,250 households were found to be threatened with homelessness. [Source: MHCLG July to Dec 2018 data]
  • 21% of households found to be homeless or threatened with homelessness lost their last settled home due to the ending of a private rented tenancy. And 27% were living in a private rented home at the time of applying for homelessness support. [Source: MHCLG July to Dec 2018 data]
  • There are currently 61,740 homeless families living in temporary accommodation, including 5,710 in emergency B&B’s and hostels – the number of families living in TA has increased by 41% in the last five years. [Source: MHCLG July to Dec 2018 data]​

Private Renting

  • There are more than 11 million private renters living in England, or 4.5 million households. [English Housing Survey 2017/18] 
  • One in four families with children privately rent [English Housing Survey 2017/18] 
  • Over three quarters of a million households living in private renting are headed by someone aged over 55.  [English Housing Survey 2017/18] 
  • Analysis from the 2017 General Election showed private renters are a growing political force – revealing a decisive swing towards Labour amongst private renters and one of the biggest swings against the Conservatives. [Source: IPSOS MORI]
  • The importance of ‘vote rent’ was reinforced by polling conducted for Shelter by Matt Singh in 2018. This showed the government to be an astonishing 22 points behind with private renters in marginal seats – demonstrating a significant shift from the 2010 and 2015 elections when renters were fairly evenly split between the major parties. [Source: Number Cruncher Politics

Support for Social Housing Capable of Bridging the Brexit Divide

  • Public backing for social housing is strong across the board: 83% of remain voters say they support building more social homes, with leave voters just behind them at 77%. [Research by YouGov for Shelter July 2018 – survey of 10,298 adults of which 8,823 voted in the 2016 referendum, online, weighted] 
  • When asked what housing areas the government should prioritise, increasing the supply of council and housing association homes for rent was top for both sides of the Brexit vote – with 41% of leave voters and 39% of remain voters making it their top priority. [Research by YouGov for Shelter July 2018 – survey of 10,298 adults of which 8,823 voted in the 2016 referendum, online, weighted]