Fire Safety Isn’t the UK’s Only Public Housing Crisis
They’ve nowhere to go. As the recent catastrophic Grenfell Tower fire put British public housing center stage, a timely new study warns that a million lower-income families could end up homeless. Many publicly owned apartments have been removed from the purview of local councils, thanks to Margaret Thatcher’s right-to-buy policy, which has sold off available units faster than they’ve been replaced. With the housing safety net fraying, activists say that to keep the most vulnerable off the streets, the government must renew its homebuilding role.