Public More Worried About Housing Than Brexit


According to Inside Housing, British people are more worried about the impact of the housing crisis than Brexit, a new survey has revealed.

The poll, carried out by Ipsos Mori on behalf of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), found that 57% of people think the rising cost of housing will impact on them personally either a great deal or a fair amount in the next five years – with 56% saying the same for Brexit.

Nearly three-quarters (73%) agreed that Britain has a housing crisis, with 55% feeling it has been discussed too little over the past few years. This figure rises to 68% for renters.

Those surveyed also indicated support for social housing, with 76% agreeing the tenure is important because it helps people on lower incomes access housing which would not be affordable in the private rented sector, and 68% feeling it helps to tackle poverty.

Terrie Alafat, chief executive of the CIH, said: “These results send a very clear message to the new government. The housing crisis is real, and we are simply not doing enough. It’s clear that the British public supports more social housing.”

“We need to make sure everyone has a place to call home, and this survey reinforces what we’ve been saying for a long time – for too many people housing is simply unaffordable.

She said that the survey showed that people believe the government can and should do something about the housing crisis.

“We have given the government a solution, a solution that would add billions to our national economy and help millions of our fellow citizens.”

The CIH, together with the National Housing Federation, Shelter, Crisis and the Campaign to Protect Rural England, has called on government to stump up £12.8bn a year to build 1.45 million affordable homes over the next decade, including 900,000 for social rent.

Credit: Inside Housing, August 2019