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Home builders report ‘acute’ UK housing shortage

With housing construction at its lowest level since the Second World War the Home Builders Federation (HBF) is warning MPs to address the situation as a matter of urgency.
According to statistics in HBF’s election manifesto, nearly five million people are on council housing waiting lists and 1.6 million children are living in overcrowded, temporary or run down housing in Britain.

Executive chairman Stewart Baseley, says: “We have a desperate and growing housing crisis that just has to be addressed.

“But despite the shortfall of homes fast approaching a million, we are building less than at any time since the Second World War.

“The social and economic implications dictate that the new Parliament’s MPs must address the barriers to delivery as a matter of urgency,” he added.

The manifesto is calling on the Government to make more land available for development, while also addressing the ongoing restriction of mortgage availability.

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