The rise and fall of council housing was charted by The Guardian at the foot of an article about local authority house building published on Saturday March 25th [https://www.theguardian.com/money/2017/mar/25/how-one-council-is-beating-britain-housing-crisis-sheffield].

Number of permanent dwellings completed, by tenure.
Number of permanent dwellings completed, by tenure.
  • 1954 Local authority building hits a peak of 239,580 in 1954.
  • 1979 40% of the British population are living in local authority housing.
  • 1980 Conservative government brings in ‘the right to buy’ – many tenants buy their council homes and limits are put on council borrowing for building new ones.
  • 2004 Building houses by local authorities falls to a low of 130 homes in the UK.
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