Generation Rent compared census data for each Parliamentary constituency to find the proportion of the population that rents – either from a private landlord, the council or a housing association – and how this changed between 2001 and 2011. The 2021 forecast was then made by applying this trend to the 2011 figures. The full report is available here.
As home ownership gets increasingly out of reach, ever more people will find themselves as permanent renters throughout their lives. Unless MPs adapt their priorities to reflect renters’ needs then 100 MPs will be irrelevant to their voters by 2020. MPs have one parliament to adapt and we expect any government elected in May next year to be proposing pro-renter policies by June.
Please take two minutes to ask your MP if they’re on the side of renters and to join our list of Renter Champions. Then we’ll know which MPs are serious about making renting a fair and sustainable tenure, and help them make that a reality.
Independent, 29 October
Guardian, 30 October
Guardian (Datablog), 31 October
Londonist, 31 October
The Observer, 2 November
New Statesman, 5 November
East London Lines, 5 November