Eng­land ‘short of 4m homes’

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THE ‘epic’ scale of the hous­ing cri­sis in Eng­land has left the coun­try short of four mil­lion homes, re­search claims.

The es­ti­mate, cal­cu­lated for the Na­tional Hous­ing Fed­er­a­tion and the char­ity Cri­sis, ac­counts for home­less peo­ple, the ‘boomerang’ gen­er­a­tion still liv­ing with par­ents, cou­ples who would oth­er­wise have separated and peo­ple in flat­shares who would have moved out.

The re­search looked at Of­fice for Na­tional Sta­tis­tics pop­u­la­tion fig­ures and the English Hous­ing Sur­vey.

David Orr, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Na­tional Hous­ing Fed­er­a­tion, said: ‘This re­search shows the epic scale of the hous­ing cri­sis. The short­fall of homes can’t be met overnight.

‘In­stead, we need an ur­gent ef­fort from the Gov­ern­ment to meet this need be­fore it pub­lishes its so­cial hous­ing green pa­per in the sum­mer.’

The study, by He­riot-Watt Univer­sity, says the coun­try must build 340,000 homes per year until 2031 to tackle the back­log of homes and keep up with new de­mand.

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