Last month Shelter commissioned the "A Vision for Social Housing" publication and some of the figures are frightening.
In summary, the report outlines the need to produce some three million social homes over the next 20 years. This distills down to 150,000 a year, or half of the governments 300,000 new homes target per year. Putting this into context, in 2018 7,000 new social rent homes were provided by housing associations and councils. This figure makes up only 14% of the affordable homes provided by the government.
All this behind the hugely unwanted backdrop of this being Britain's worst decade for house building post-war. Acknowledging the fact that the government has put in place action plans to drive productivity, we have still only averaged 130,000 completions over the past 10 years.
Further putting this into perspective, in the "noughties" this averaged out at 147,000 and 150,000 in the nineties. Over 200,000 homes were built in both the sixties and seventies. And, of course, this is further compounded by the ever increasing population.
A couple of weeks ago the increasingly influential Homes England announced a new multidisciplinary framework set up to help tackle this issue. This will enable the procurement of some £100m worth of services across 20 service providers in the industry.
Additionally, better news was announced around the UK's build-to-rent activity, with construction jumping 40%. Coupled with this, of late there has been a wider acceptance of the use of modern methods of construction. Councils now seem more willing to accept off site, modular as a cheaper, quicker alternative to more traditional house building methods. Last month alone engineering giants Atkins announced they are to partner a steel-famed housing manufacturer in supplying their "MetroHome" to be built via councils on brownfield sites. The Borough of Lambeth will be the first to benefit from this later this year.
The Social Housing Commission set up by Shelter has called for a further three million social homes over the next 20 years to help combat the on-going housing crisis