The Netherlands and England both have a large social housing stock. In this article the two countries are compared on sector and stock characteristics, the quality and backlog of the stock, and investment and maintenance expenditure. Both countries show a declining tendency in the social housing stock. Social management bodies are strongly urged to develop businesslike approaches to housing management. There are differences in the way the management of the property is organized (private or public), independency of operations, regulatory systems and supervision requirements. The housing stock in both countries have many characteristics in common. A significant difference is the age of the stock. The quality of the stock is measured in both countries periodically by central government (KWR in the Netherlands and HCS in England). Significant improvements in the quality of the stock has been achieved. In both countries the social rented housing stock had the lowest quality backlog of all ownership categories. Although there are differences between local authorities and housing associations, the overall quality of social housing in England is somewhat higher than in the Netherlands. Total investment and maintenance expenditure are on the same level. Within this total expenditure there are differences between the two countries and between social housing management bodies in England. The expenditures are in line with the backlog. It¿s interesting that the quality survey in England is based on a quality standard (Decent Home Standard). Decent Home Standard defines the future agenda. All social houses must satisfy the decency criteria in 2010.
|Title of host publication||Understanding the Construction Business and Companies in the New Milennium; CIB Combining Forces Advancing Facilities Management and Construction through innovation|
|Editors||K Kähkönen, M Sexton|
|Place of Publication||Helsinki|
|Number of pages||13|
|Publication status||Published - 2005|
- Conf.proc. > 3 pag
Vijverberg, GAM. (2005). A comparison of social housing in the Netherlands and England on characteristics and quality. In K. Kähkönen, & M. Sexton (Eds.), Understanding the Construction Business and Companies in the New Milennium; CIB Combining Forces Advancing Facilities Management and Construction through innovation (pp. 390-402). VTT/RIL.