Social housing in the UK is publicly subsidised because all major political groups agree that the poorest in society and those most in need should be able to afford reasonable standards of housing.


In the first part of the 20th Century and up to about 1980 slum clearance was a high priority while governments and local authorities strove to provide housing with basic amenities like indoor toilets and bathrooms. There was a tradition of almshouses dating back to mediaeval times but what would now be called the voluntary sector housed only a small proportion of those in need. Mostly slum clearance involved rehousing former occupiers of slum dwellings in subsidized Local Authority Housing often refered to as Council houses or council flats.

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