Housing – UK Government assessment

Progress assessment

Limited progress

There have been legal or policy changes to improve human rights protections but very limited evidence of sustained improvements in the enjoyment of human rights on this issue

UK Government action taken in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic led to decreases in homelessness and rough sleeping. Levels of homelessness have since increased but are still not at pre-pandemic levels. Some steps are being taken to improve housing standards, such as proposals to enact provisions in the Equality Act 2010 related to reasonable adjustments in the common parts of rented properties and higher accessibility requirements for new housing. There remains a chronic shortage of accessible homes, which has an adverse impact on the lives of disabled and older people. Many people still live in overcrowded, insecure or poor-quality housing. Gypsies, Roma and Travellers and people seeking asylum face particular housing challenges.

Read more about the UK and Welsh Governments’ actions on housing.

The assessment was made based on the evidence available up to 10/12/2022