Renters on low incomes face a policy black hole: homes for social rent are the answer

The Government must increase the supply of homes for social rent to unlock the grip of poverty in the private rented sector.

JRF's latest analysis shows the large number of households on low incomes paying rents they cannot afford in the private rented sector. It provides new analysis on the depth and geographical spread of this problem and examines the Government’s policy response, which is not currently succeeding either in making renting more affordable or in making homeownership accessible to this group.

Key recommendations

Our analysis shows why significantly increasing the supply of homes for social rent is the solution – 90,000 a year for the next 15 years – and sets out the level of investment the Government should commit to at this autumn’s Comprehensive Spending Review to deliver them.