England’s Housing Shame: A story of shocking conditions and tenants’ despair at a lack of action by Tory councils in England

By reader cuckooshoe

ITN News documentary shown on STV last night called ‘Surviving Squalor: Britain’s Housing Shame’. However, it was only the housing situation in England that was reflected in the programme.

An article on the programme had this statistic:

“Around 1.1 million households are on the the social housing waiting list in England. Last year just one was built for every 175 families that are waiting for one.”

This is another way of saying last year only 6,285 social housing homes were built in England

I looked up the Scottish Government’s Housing Statistics Scotland Quarterly Update and came across this section:

“Chart 16 below illustrates how the figures per 10,000 population have varied across the 2007/08 to 2020/21 period for Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Between 2007/08 and 2019/20, the latest year in which there are figures available across all UK countries, the annual average supply of affordable housing per head of population in Scotland has been 13.8 homes per 10,000 population, higher than England (9.7 homes per 10,000 population), Wales (7.7 homes per 10,000 population), and Northern Ireland (13.0 homes per 10,000 population – average across the years 2010/11 to 2019/20). Scotland has had annual rates above all other UK countries in most years since 2007/08, except for during 2012/13 to 2014/15, in which the rates for Northern Ireland were higher.

The 9,296 affordable homes completed in Scotland in the financial year 2019/20 equates to a rate of 17.0 homes delivered per 10,000 population. This is above the rate of 10.2 in England and the rate of 9.3 in Wales and 14.4 in Northern Ireland.”

I wonder ITN News will do a follow up documentary called “Building Decent Homes: Scotland Leads the Way?”

5 thoughts on “England’s Housing Shame: A story of shocking conditions and tenants’ despair at a lack of action by Tory councils in England

  1. I watched this program really shocking but we are the 6th richest country we are told so how can this happen.I think they should have shown this program on prime time TV not starting at 10.15 on a Sunday night,it’s also a pity they did not show the salaries of some of the top people of these House Assoctions.

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  2. Breaking news
    Boris as part of his great leveling up plans has announced
    That Northern areas of England are to be £ 2 82 trillion to build over 100,000 affordable homes every year for the next 5 yrs
    And a state run housing and construction
    Authority to implement
    For those who’s families were formerly employed in the coal and steel industries
    Will be offered new homes that have indoor heated swimming pools and all bedrooms en suite along with large walk in wardrobes
    In order to fund this a new property wealth tax on homes valued at £1 million plus to be raised at a annual tax of 25% of
    The property value
    Now that clearly demonstrates Boris is hell bent on leveling up
    Apparently he was on a walking holiday weekend trip to Damascus when this idea came to him

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  3. NO ! They did not cover the Scottish Housing position .
    Tonight they did an”exclusive” from HMP Barlinnie , insinuating that the Scottish Government was aiding and abetting drug use in the prison by the issuing of mobile phones to the prison population to compensate for the lack of ‘visiting ‘ during the pandemic .
    This was a thoroughly scurrilous piece of reporting by their ”Scottish correspondent” and amounted to little more than a party political broadcast by the English Unionist Cause !

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  4. “This is the house the Tories built, children.
    See the high walls, no doors and bars on the windows?
    This is the house for Scotland—so the BIG, BAD world doesn’t entice them OUT.
    Aren’t the Tories GOOD to Scotland, children?
    But it wasnt just Boris and Gove. Or DRossie, Murdo and Annie Wells.
    We also have to thank Starwars and generations of Labour drones, and loads and loads of Lib Dumb doormats”.


  5. The problem is STV is not a Scottish broadcaster. It takes the ITV Network programmes, which means it is the same fare served up to England. I mean how often do they show an England football game at same time as ITV, heck they even did that when Scotland had an important game at the same time.
    They never even attempt to show a different programme when the fare from ITV is solely English related. At the very least they should give an explanation that the situation in Scotland differs. But, fat chance of that.

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