This Government Briefing Paper looks at key trends in the affordability of different tenure types. It also examines the supply of affordable housing and the role of Housing Benefit in enabling households to access and retain affordable housing. Unfortunately it focusses on accessibility as a whole with no investigation of the specific problems of rural areas.
Commentators are increasingly making the point that, in addition to a crisis in housing supply, England is in the grip of a crisis of affordability. The introduction in 2011 of social sector development with rents of up to 80% of market rents has, according to some, undermined the ability of even the social sector to supply housing that is truly affordable.
Meanwhile, the Town and Country Planning Association's report seeks 'reforms to the planning system so that it delivers truly affordable homes where they are needed.' The Association hopes their report will be widely read by central government officials and the wider housing and planning sector.