Politicians urged to tackle housing

Published: Sunday 3rd May 2015 by The News Editor

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The problems faced by Generation Rent have been laid bare by a new poll of prospective MPs.

The survey found nine out of 10 politicians expected to clinch seats at the General Election are worried that most under-30s in their constituency would not be able to afford to buy a home in a decade’s time.

The issue of housing has taken centre stage in this election campaign, with all the major political parties promising to help the growing number of people – known as Generation Rent – who are stuck in rented accommodation.

Many young people face the prospect for renting for life as house prices continue to rise and the deposit required to buy soars to almost 10 times what was required in the 1980s, and home ownership falls to its lowest level for 30 years.

Over the past two decades, the private rented sector has almost doubled, and now one in five households (18%) is rented from a private landlord, according to the National Housing Federation.

The federation commissioned ComRes to survey 101 politicians likely to be MPs after next week’s election to learn more about concerns over the housing crisis.

David Orr, its chief executive, said: “There is now an overwhelming consensus among both the public and politicians that there is a housing crisis in this country and one that requires immediate attention.

“The next government must do everything in its power to get the nation building the homes it needs. Eight in 10 don’t trust any of the main parties to effectively deal with the housing crisis – politicians should see this as a challenge and rise to it.

“In these vital last days before the election, we are urging whoever gets the keys to Downing Street to be bold and come up with a long-term plan to end the housing crisis within a generation.”

Published: Sunday 3rd May 2015 by The News Editor

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