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Cambridge Centre for Housing & Planning Research


This study investigates the role of housing associations in the development and maintenance of social housing stock by charting the changes in stock levels from 1989 to 2005, including the impact of properties transferring from council ownership and the knock-on effect of transfers on the rise of availability of social housing.

The study concludes that a more-even regional distribution of stock has occurred in the set period and that significant changes in stock utility have been witnessed in the South West of England. Prospects for the future include focus on non-social, intermediate housing and the continued large-scale voluntary transfer process accounting for the majority of growth in the sector.


Caroline Kiddle

Jennie Spenceley



Publication Date

16th February 2007