100 years of council housing

The 1919 Housing and Town Planning Act (also known as the Addison Act) was signed into law 100 years ago today on 31 July 1919.

It was one of the most significant pieces of domestic legislation passed after the First World War and created a comprehensive, nationwide system of public housing provision for the first time, paid for largely by central government and delivered by local authorities and Public Utility Societies (Housing Associations in today’s terminology). It was also known as the Addison Act after  Dr Christopher Addison, the Minister for Housing at the time.

Social housing has seen many changes over the years, this article by UWE, looks at the history of social housing and its drivers. Read more here.