Attitudes To Social Housing

Public attitudes to social housing: findings from the British Social Attitudes Survey 2018.

  • 41% of people reported that they would feel comfortable living next to social housing, while 24% reported that they would feel uncomfortable and 31% reported that they would feel neither comfortable nor uncomfortable.

 

  • Owner occupiers are the most likely to say they would feel uncomfortable living next to social housing, while social renters are the least likely to say they would feel uncomfortable.

 

  • 30% of owner occupiers reported that they would feel comfortable living next to social housing, compared to 73% of social renters and 46% of private renters. While 4% of social renters and 21% of private renters reported they would feel uncomfortable living next to social housing, this percentage was higher for owner occupiers (31%)

 

  • A lower proportion of people living in London reported that they would feel uncomfortable (17%) living next to social housing compared to people living in the rest of England (26%).

 

  • Just over half (53%) of those aged 18-25 reported that they would feel comfortable living next to social housing, a higher proportion than those aged 36- 45 (40%), 46-55 (37%), 56-65 (35%), and 66 and over (38%).

 

  • 27% of those who were in work and 26% of those waiting to take up work reported that they would feel uncomfortable living next to social housing, compared to 7% of those who were unemployed.

 

  • Amongst those who thought decisions about social housing allocations tend to be fair, 59% said they would feel comfortable living next to social housing. On the other hand, amongst those who thought decisions about social housing allocations are unfair, 39% said they would feel comfortable living next to social housing.

 

  • Amongst social renters, 36% thought decisions about social housing allocations tend to be fair, compared to 21% of private renters and 20% of owner occupiers.

 

  • Of people earning less than £1,411 per month, 31% thought decisions about social housing allocations tend to be fair. In comparison, 23% of people earning £1,411- £2,560 per month, 21% of those earning £2,561- £4,350 per month, and 20% earning £4,351 or more per month thought decisions about social housing allocations tend to be fair.

Read the full report here.