New Economics Podcast: How we win a new economy — fixing the housing crisis with social homes

Ayeisha Thomas-Smith is joined by Becki Winson and Suzanne Muna

Homes for Us

Note to listeners: this episode was prerecorded in September 2022.

The cost of living scandal could force 1.7 million households into homelessness this winter, according to the charity Crisis. In the UK, we can no longer rely on social housing to protect people from sleeping rough or sofa-surfing. If you were alive in 1979, you had a 40% chance of living in an affordable council home. Today, that figure is just under 8%.

What happened to all our council houses? Did Thatcher’s right to buy policy create the housing crisis we see today? And how would our lives be different if we could depend on warm, comfortable social homes?

Ayeisha is joined by Becki Winson, NEF senior organiser and Suzanne Muna, secretary of the Social Housing Action Campaign (SHAC).

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Photo: Ella Carman

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