Published on 1 Aug 2017

Social housing: ‘We’re building homes but who are they for?’

Social Affairs Editor and Presenter

Does the Welfare State still have an obligation to house everyone who can’t afford to buy or rent their own home? Ever since Labour’s Nye Bevan proposed council houses for everyone after the second world war the politics of social housing have been shifting. The most significant change was Margaret Thatcher allowing council tenants the right to buy. But Since then successive governments have not spent the money on building the equivalent volume of new council houses.