PROPERTY: Social Housing History + Right to Buy - With Neil Goodrich

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Published Jul 17, 2022, 11:00 PM

In this episode, Rob sits down to speak with Neil Goodrich, the former chair of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Futures. Neil starts by providing a potted history of social housing and housing associations, in the UK. Then, explain the criteria for the right-to-buy scheme.

He and Rob then discuss the 2022 Social Housing White Paper. Focusing on what would happen if housing associations were forced to sell their stock off in a comparable way to the council house Right to Buy scheme.



  • In 1981, in England, around 27% of homes fell into the social housing category.
  • Now, only 16% of English housing stock is for social use.
  • Right to Buy was made worse when the treasury took some of the receipts generated by those sales. Leaving councils with few funds to build new social housing.
  • In the seventies, new building methods were used. Some of which were so bad that the houses only lasted a couple of decades.
  • Now, most social housing is provided by housing associations.
  • Right to buy is a significant discount on the market value of a council house.
  • Around a quarter to one-third of all right-to-buy properties end up being privately rented out.
  • Forcing housing associations to sell their stock is not desirable. Neil explains why, in the podcast.



‘82% of housing associations, in England, are less than one thousand units.

‘Only 247 housing associations own 95% of the stock.’

‘I would scrap it. I don't see any workable way of ensuring like for like, one for one replacement.



Neil Goodrich Twitter: @NGoodrichHsg

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