The UK has just celebrated 100 years of the Addison Act, a transformational piece of social policy that led to 500,000 council homes being built over the course of three years. The act was transformational because it was the first time that safe, quality and affordable homes became available at scale throughout the entire country.
1 Local Government Association - House building in England - Between the late 1940s and 1950s councils built more homes than the private sector and until the late 1970s local authorities were building 100,000 homes a year. But following a suite of policy measures introduced in the late 1970's-1980's, housebuilding by local authorities fell.
2 Social Mobility Commission, State of the Nation 2018-19
3 Resolution Foundation - The Living Standards Audit 2019: Living standards across the distribution, pg. 34