Councils have only been able to replace 4,944 of the 11,465 homes sold under right to buy in 2017/18 –  only 43% of the homes sold have been replaced – have prompted calls for the Government to suspend the policy to stem the loss of social housing.

Research by CIH previously suggested 150,000 social rented homes were lost between 2012 and 2017. CIH has warned that this figure could rise to 230,000 by 2020 unless the Government takes action.