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Decent housing is a basic human need, but it is one where the UK continues to fail people in many ways. The TUC campaigns for more housing to be built in order to deal with the entrenched crisis. A crucial part of the campaign is the call for more social housing, including more local authority housing. The TUC also calls for more affordable mortgages and better services for owner-occupiers, and for better standards in the private rented sector. Another important strand of our work is to campaign to defend housing benefits, which are under attack by the Government.  

We are concerned that poor and overcrowded housing ruins people's life chances, increasing the risk that they will do badly in education and suffer from poor health. We have also become very worried that poor housing also undermines people’s ability to do well at work.

The pamphlet Can Housing Work for Workers? addresses that issue head-on, challenging commonly held beliefs around home ownership and arguing that our distorted approach to different types of tenure traps many in vulnerable work and unemployment.


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