Surge in demand for social housing revealed in briefing paper

Surge in demand for social housing revealed in briefing paper

Demand for social housing has sky-rocketed, increasing by 72 percent in the past two years, according to a new briefing paper.

Briefing papers to incoming ministers have been released today, and in the report to the Social Development Minister, the ministry has revealed the surge in demand for social housing.

The Ministry has listed pressures in the private rental market, population growth and decline in home ownership as key factors.

In some areas, the seasonal labour market also contributed to accommodation shortages, the report said.

“These factors combine to increase numbers needing state/social housing, and also make it more difficult for tenants to exit state/social housing.”

The briefings provide new ministers with an overview of their portfolios, setting out the work programme but also identifying any areas where action may need to be taken or where there could be risks.

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