Making The Connection Between Social Housing And Economic Growth

Social housing is often viewed as a burden on the public purse. But is the opposite true, that the proper provision of social housing feeds into economic growth? Deborah Talbot talks to John Boughton, author and social housing expert.

The UK government has invested a lot of energy into pushing the idea of new towns and ‘garden settlements’ as a response to the housing crisis. Missing from the agenda is how to make new housing genuinely affordable.

In the first of two interviews this week on the housing crisis, I talked to John Boughton, author of Municipal Dreams: The Rise and Fall of Council Housing and founder of the website Municipal Dreams. We discuss how the creation of social or council housing interacted positively with economic growth. And why it’s absence today isn’t doing anything to create the conditions for social and economic dynamism in the UK.

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