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England suffering from housing shortfall with a backlog of 4m homes (18 May 2018)

Date: 18/05/2018
Duncan Lewis, Housing Solicitors, England suffering from housing shortfall with a backlog of 4m homes

In order to deal with the ever-growing housing crisis, England will need to build 4m new homes, resulting in calls for the government to dramatically increase funding.

According to Heriot-Watt University, England will need to build 340,000 new homes each year until 2031 in order for the backlog to be reduced – 40,000 more than the government’s current target.

The findings come in the wake of revelations that the number of rough sleepers has risen drastically by 169% since 2010 and that the estimated number of households in temporary accommodation is expected to reach 100,000 by 2020.

Catherine Ryder, Head of Policy at the National Housing Federation said;

“The government simply must realise the scale of the problem, and commit to funding new affordable housing at the level we need, as well as and overhauling the way it sells land.”

Charities including Crisis and Joseph Rowntree Foundation are now urging the government to make reforms in order to provide new homes, these include; prioritising the sale of public land for social housing and finding ways of reducing the cost of private land.

Chief executive of Crisis, Jon Sparkes said;

“The government simply must realise the scale of the problem, and commit to funding new affordable housing at the level we need, as well as and overhauling the way it sells land.”

The annual Homeless Monitor shows that 70% of Local Authorities in England are having difficulties finding steady housing for their homeless, further highlighting the growing problem.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government commented on the situation saying;

“This government is committed to building a housing market fit for the future, with homes our communities need. We have a comprehensive plan to deliver this, including reforming planning rules and investing £9bn in affordable homes. We are also allowing councils to borrow more and providing them with increased certainty over rents so they can build more homes.”

Manjinder Kaur Atwal is a Housing Director at Duncan Lewis Solicitors and can advise on homelessness matters and all other housing issues. For expert housing advice, contact Manjinder on 020 3114 1269 or email her at manjindera@duncanlewis.com.

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