Abstracts: September 3rd, 2001

3Much of rural England experiences problems of access to and affordability of housing, but different housing market conditions vary. A team of researchers from Newcastle University found that in those areas where the market catered only for the affluent the role of Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) was vital because they help sustain mixed and vital communities. However, although tenants were, by and large, very satisfied with their housing and felt that housing provided by RSLs met their housing needs, RSLs faced significant difficulties in their rural operations. The researchers conclude that the most important role for RSLs in addressing concerns about social exclusion and the sustainability of socially balanced communities in rural areas is still the provision of more affordable housing of good quality.Published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation: www.jrf.org.uk