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Bri­tain’s chronic brick short­age is ramp­ing up house prices, a re­port has warned. The sup­ply of the vi­tal build­ing ma­te­rial is fail­ing to keep pace with the de­mand for homes, ex­ac­er­bat­ing Bri­tain’s hous­ing cri­sis, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Es­tate Agents.

It said the in­dus­try would need to find 1.4 bil­lion bricks – the equiv­a­lent of 740 Big Bens –to plug Bri­tain’s short­fall of 264,000 homes.

The study, com­piled by the Cen­tre for Eco­nomics and Busi­ness Re­search, found that more than 60% of small and medium-sized con­struc­tion firms faced a two-month wait for new brick or­ders last year.

There are also con­cerns that Bri­tain’s vote to leave the Euro­pean Union could ham­per sup­ply fur­ther, as 85% of im­ported clay and ce­ment bricks came into the UK from the EU last year.

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