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A report by the End Furniture Poverty campaign has warned that many social housing tenants are moving into properties without essential furniture, or basic floor and window coverings.
The data revealed that just two per cent of social rented properties are let as furnished or partly furnished, compared to 29 percent of private rented properties, according to figures in 2018.
This means vulnerable people, those on low incomes or people escaping homelessness or domestic violence can be left without furniture and no money to buy it.
The campaign raised concerns that a decade of austerity, the Covid-19 pandemic, and increasing prices would push more people into ‘furniture poverty’.
Claire Donovan, campaigns manager for End Furniture Poverty, said the report’s publication was designed to encourage social landlords to create furnished tenancy schemes.
“We have long believed that furnished tenancies can provide a comprehensive solution to furniture poverty for some people, primarily those in receipt of housing benefit.
“While we understand that social landlords face many challenges and that they work tirelessly to support their tenants, we have produced this report to help us to better understand how we can help them to extend that support and create furnished tenancy schemes.”