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Rethinking social housing report

Welcome to the final report for Rethinking social housing.

This report is the culmination of the project.

Working with our advisory group we have completed three major stages of work over the course of the last year.

This included 200 workshops which more than 3,000 people who live and work in social housing took part in, public perceptions polling and a widespread evidence review. 

On the back of that work our final report outlines a series of recommendations to the government and the sector to achieve the following six outcomes:

  • Adopt a common definition and understanding of the role and purpose of social housing
  • Ensure that tenants have a voice
  • Increase the supply of genuinely affordable homes
  • Ensure everyone can afford a place to cal home
  • Make sure that existing homes and neighbourhoods are good quality and well-managed
  • Challenge stigma and stereotyping.

The final report is available here.

For a more detailed report on our workshop results click here.

Infographics illustrating our public perceptions survey with Ipsos MORI are available here:

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Do you work, live or are interested in social housing? Our Rethinking social housing workshops give you the chance to join the debate on the future of social housing. With our simple toolkit you can run the workshops  wherever you like and report your results back to us.

Want to find out more? Download our welcome to Rethinking social housing workshops guide. 

Want to have your say as an individual? Take part in our Rethinking social housing survey here.

Want to run a workshop? I's really simple and you can download all of the resources you need below:

Please return your results to us by 31 March 2018.