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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 TUC paper Escaping the UK Housing Crisis: Setting a New Vision for 2015-2020 sets out our prescription for starting to put things right.


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07 June 2016
The extent to which our housing needs are met and we are able to live in a decent home is a crucial benchmark by which we judge the extent to which we really do live in a civilised society. The relationship between housing and life outcomes is both a complex...
21 December 2015
New statistics from the Office of National Statistics published today (Tuesday) show that house prices have increased by 5.2 per cent in the year to August, while wages rose by 2.9 per cent.
13 October 2015
New research published today (Sunday), and commissioned by the TUC from Landman Economics, finds that middle-income families with children face the biggest cash-equivalent losses from services cuts. TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: This analysis shows how middle-income families are being hit much harder than those at the top. After...
05 July 2015
“The TUC is deeply concerned that this measure will undermine housing associations and their important role in providing families with affordable homes. Housing associations fund new homes by borrowing against their existing stock, but if the government forces them to sell homes at a discount then it will cost more...
27 May 2015
Commenting on today’s (Tuesday) new house price data from the Office for National Statistics, which shows an annual increase of 9.6 per cent compared to just 2.2 per cent for wages, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “House prices are going up four times faster than people’s wages. No wonder...
19 May 2015
Responding to new Land Registry figures published today (Thursday) that show the volume of house sales has been falling sharply, with the January total 18 per cent lower than the previous year, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The need to put down high deposits, combined with a slow growth...
30 April 2015
With polls suggesting that next year’s general election is too close to call, the TUC is today (Thursday) publishing new analysis showing that there are over four million ‘missing votes’ from people under the age of 35. The analysis – launched during the TUC’s Young Workers’ Month – finds that...
27 November 2014
The housing experiences of young people across the UK – who have told the TUC and Generation Rent that they face unaffordable housing costs, insecurity of tenure and exploitation by private landlords – will be one of the topics debated today (Saturday) in London at the TUC’s Big Youth Debate...
15 November 2014
Only five areas remain in the North West where houses cost less than four times the average local salary, according to new analysis published today (Monday) by the TUC. It shows that homes in half the local authority areas across the region have become out of reach for local people...
02 September 2014

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