This is an extra special year for councils and social housing providers, as well as tenants and residents who use their services.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of council housing in Britain. That's right, in 1919 Parliament, then overseen by Prime Minister Lloyd George, passed the Housing Act 1919, which later came to be known as the 'Addison Act', after Dr Christopher Addison, the then Minister of Health.
The Addison Act promised Government subsidies to help fund the building of 500,000 new council homes over a period of three years. PM Lloyd George was committed to providing quality homes fit for heroes returning from World War I. It was a highly ambitious promise, and one that never quite came to fruition; nevertheless, it paved the way for council housing in Britain for many years to come.
In November 1918, prior to the Addison Act, PM Lloyd George delivered a powerful speech to the people of Wolverhampton. Last year, actor Ottis Pickard recreated the famous speech at the Grand Theatre.
Check out the video below to learn more about this important milestone and what it means to local council tenants.
The importance of this momentous milestone cannot be understated. Council housing is a fundamental public service that people rely on, not just in Wolverhampton, but across the nation. For many families, it has provided a safe and secure home to grow up in and in many cases, has paved the way to a better life. Furthermore, many councils and social housing providers have seen their commitment to local people extend well beyond housing, reaching out into communities and making a difference to people's lives on an economic, social and personal level.
Councillor Bilson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for City Assets and Housing, said:
In March 2014 the first bricks were laid by City of Wolverhampton Council on the first council homes to be built in the city since the 1980s. Since then our council housing build programme has grown year on year and we are delivering new homes on large and small sites across the city. The 100-year anniversary of council housing gives us cause to celebrate our work in the City of Wolverhampton. One of our key priorities is to increase the number of decent and affordable homes available in the city and the tenants in our properties are definitely benefiting from that.
Angela Davies, Chair of Wolverhampton Homes said:
Being a tenant myself, I understand the importance of council housing and value the contribution social housing providers make to our great nation. Local people have been affected deeply in recent years by welfare reforms and other factors, and in the face of it all Wolverhampton Homes has continued to offer affordable housing and quality services, offering a helping hand to those that need it most. I've witnessed so many lives changed for the better and I look forward to seeing many more lives transformed through the work they do.
We are committed to celebrating the 100th anniversary of council housing this summer and we would love for you to celebrate it with us. You'll find us at various events during the months of June and July, so please pay us a visit and speak to us. We'll be giving away free goodies and it's a great opportunity for you to raise any questions or concerns you may have. Thank you to everyone who took part in:
- Armed Forces Day – West Park on Saturday 29th June, 12noon to 4pm
- Whitmore Reans Connect Summer Party – Avion Centre off Newhampton Road West on Saturday 29th June, 10am to 1pm
- Hope In The Park – Hickman Park on Sunday 30th June, 12noon to 2pm
- Ashmore Park Fun Day – Ashmore Park Shopping Precinct on Saturday 6th July, 10am to 4pm
- Heath Town International Fun Day – Heath Town Park on Saturday 20th July, 12noon to 4pm
- Last Updated: Monday, 22 July 2019 13:44
- Published: Tuesday, 09 July 2019 17:34