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West Midlands Rural Housing Report

As part of a suite of research to understand regional housing markets, this study was commissioned with the intention of demonstrating the importance of social rented housing to help to sustain services and community in rural villages.

A sample of households living in social rented housing was matched with a similar sample of home owners. The results, contrary to the Assembly’s expectations, showed very little difference in service use and community participation between the different tenure groups. The conclusion is that more housing of all types is required to sustain rural communities, including both market and social rented housing. 

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