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Social Housing Pressures In London

Emeritus Professor Chris Hamnett presented a history of the rise and fall of social housing in London over the last 140 years to the Centre for Liveable Cities recently.

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The grim, Dickensian doss houses were replaced at the turn of the century and subsequently.

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But Thatcher’s famous right-to-buy housing programme together with subsequent government funding cut backs and public estate sales to the┬áprivate sector has seen social housing decline markedly.

Social housing in London fell from 42% of the market in 1980 to under 20% by 2011. Subsequent property price increases have only compounded this problem.

This compares dramatically with the situation in Singapore which has one of the highest proportion of social housing in the world with over 80% of the resident population living in publicly governed and developed Housing and Development Board estates.


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