UK Social Bond Fund impact report 2023 - Affordable housing and property
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UK Social Bond Fund impact report 2023 – Affordable housing and property

Increasing the provision of quality, affordable homes for low-income and vulnerable households

Affordable housing and property holdings - CT UK Social Bond Fund impact report 2023
Social performance assessment - CT UK Social Bond Fund impact report 2023

The UK is grappling with a housing crisis, with a lack of affordable housing supply being the critical issue. Since the 1980s, social housing stock in the UK has steadily declined as many homes have transferred from public to private ownership. Rising housing costs, a growing population, and the slow pace of replenishing social housing, has exacerbated the affordability problem. 

Social housing refers to lower-cost housing provided to those in need, typically with lower incomes or specific vulnerabilities, offering an affordable and stable housing option. These can be lower rents, more aligned to income levels, or different housing ownership models such as shared-ownership schemes. Unfortunately, despite government pledges to increase the supply of affordable homes, including social housing, the current pace of delivery remains far below demand. These efforts are essential for improving housing affordability and fostering social inclusion and economic stability.

Housing costs play a significant role in perpetuating poverty. Rising costs, especially rent hikes and the threat of repossession, have hit certain groups especially hard, including low-income families and vulnerable individuals. Housing instability and homelessness leads to a range of social issues and increased costs for public services. Counterintuitively, many renters in the UK could be paying a cheaper mortgage but are unable to save up for a deposit or get a mortgage because high rents are eroding their savings.

Quality housing in the UK is also closely tied to other outcomes, including health and financial wellbeing. Poor housing conditions can have detrimental effects on residents’ physical and mental health, as well as their overall financial stability.

There is also a convergence between affordability and environmental responsibility in housing solutions through sustainable construction practices, cost-effective building materials, and renewable energy integration, resulting in energy-efficient and environmentally friendly housing options. Reduced long-term operational costs, resilience to climate change, and lower environmental impacts further contribute to affordability while aligning with sustainability goals.

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24 January 2024
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