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Public attitudes to social housing - Findings from the 2018 British Social Attitudes survey

TMitchell_130308_9811
Published: July 2019

Aim

To report findings relating to public attitudes to social housing as measured by three questions included on BSA 2018. Questions cover public attitudes towards social housing, fairness of decisions about social housing allocations, and social tenant engagement.

Findings

  • Overall, 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.

Overall more people think that decisions about social housing allocations tend to be unfair than fair.

  • While 34% of people thought decisions about social housing allocations tend to be unfair, 23% thought decisions tend to be fair and 24% thought decisions about social housing allocations are neither fair nor unfair.

Social tenants’ engagement with activities in relation to their housing is limited, with most people reporting that they had not taken any action over the last 12 months.

  • Almost two thirds of social tenants reported they hadn’t taken any action in relation to their housing in the last twelve months.
  • The most common action taken by people was contacting their landlord in other ways (26%); whilst 7% had attended meetings with their landlord and 7% had responded to an online or written questionnaire from their landlord.

Methodology

The questions were asked as part of a module on the BSA 36 survey, covering a nationally representative sample of adults aged 18+ across England.

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