A tale of two regions

The emerging picture of the South East...

  • The current affordable housing model is failing to address serious deprivation, and in fact, may be contributing to the cycle of poverty in ‘cheaper’ parts of the South East. The evidence in the study points to an increasing level of polarisation between high and low income households, and growing concentrations of poverty.
  • The current model is delivering too few homes, and alarmingly, may be encouraging development in the wrong places. This is due to the reliance of the model on private finance to cross-subsidise social activities, which is typically less viable in areas where land values are lower.
  • The report finds that low income households and vulnerable people are increasingly being housed in the PRS. This is, in many cases, having a negative impact on both the standard of care available for these households and on the amount of Housing Benefit needed to support them.