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History of Social Housing - 1945 to Present

With around 2,000,000 homes destroyed in Britain during World War II, and many more damaged, two-thirds of which were in London, millions were made homeless. The change in government in 1945 did not stop many of the wartime concepts from being introduced by the new Labour administration. This included introducing legislation that removed explicit references to housing for the ‘working class’, and introduced the concept of ‘general needs’ - that council housing should be available for a variety of needs and members of society