London housing community celebrates 100 years of council homes

10 February 2020

Members of London’s housing community gathered together to celebrate 100 years of council homes at an event hosted by Brent Council in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Housing.

The event which took place at Brent Civic Centre brought together London councils, Registered Social Landlords, development and delivery partners and residents, to celebrate the creation of council homes, the people who live in them and their contributions to society.



The Addison Act, which paved the way for councils to build safe, secure and affordable homes was passed in 1919, following the end of the First World War. Returning soldiers and working families needed homes and parliament gave the go ahead for 500,000 new homes to be built by local councils.

For many reasons, building council homes has slowed down over the years, leading to a social housing crisis which has gripped the whole country. This event celebrated the restart of rebuilding much needed council homes.

There are currently 12,000 council homes in Brent, with 1,000 new council homes to be built in the next five years. Brent Council is investing £300 million in addition to £101 million grant funding from the Mayor of London’s ‘Homes for Londoners’ programme. Since the new council homes programme started in 2018, Brent Council has helped:

  • 47 families move into good quality new council homes

  • Reduce the need for temporary accommodation

  • Reduce the number of households on the Housing Register

  • Reduce under-occupation and fuel poverty

Councillor Eleanor Southwood, Cabinet Member for Housing and Welfare Reform said:“Since the Addison Act was passed, thousands of families have benefitted from council housing. We were so happy to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of council homes, and dedicated this event to all those residents who have played a big part in making Brent a great place to live.”

Tara Devine, Regional Manager for the Chartered Institute of Housing said: “It is so important that we mark the century passing of the Addison Act which has empowered and improved so many people's lives and carries on doing so today. It has been a powerful day celebrating the great work that goes on every day in the housing sector, reflecting on past achievements and looking to the future at how we can continue to work together.”