Terrie Alafat, the Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute for Housing, has warned that 370,000 social housing properties could be lost from the housing stock by 2020.
Alafat, the former Director of Housing at the Department for Local Government and Communities, said in an interview with BBC Two:
“In 1980, we had about 30% of all homes being rented by councils and housing associations at affordable levels of rent. That is now at about 17% of all housing, and that is actually less than the private rented sector”.
Brandon Lewis, the Housing Minister, said:
“We have seen over the last five or six years increases in council-built social-rent homes, so much so that we built more in the last five years than Labour did in 13”.