Building more social housing Contents




Our inquiry

A note on terminology

1 History of social housing


A new social housing model

Social housing today

2 Definitions and data

Definitions of affordability


3 Land

Land value capture

How does the cost of land affect social housing supply?

From public land disposal to public land assembly

4 Increasing social housing supply

Analysis of social housing need

The potential consequences of a large scale social housebuilding programme

Supporting the construction industry

Supporting wider housebuilding goals

Recovery from COVID-19

Alternatives to a social housebuilding programme

How much will it cost to deliver 90,000 social rent homes a year?

Increase in grant funding

Redistributing current housing expenditure

Reforms to the cost and availability of land

Reduction in housing benefit bill


5 Changes to the planning system

First Homes

Permitted development rights

Capacity of planning departments

6 Right to Buy


Recent developments

Reforming Right to Buy

Limiting the transfer to the private rented sector

Conclusions and recommendations

Annex A: Glossary of terms

Formal minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

Published: 20 July 2020