Inquiry into affordable homes ‘crisis’

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A NEW housing campaign group is to launch an independent nationwide inquiry into the affordable homes “crisis”.

Housing Voice wants to hear from those who are struggling to secure affordable housing across the country.

Campaigners said their inquiry had backing from groups including the National Housing Federation, National Union of Students, the TUC and Unison.

Lord Whitty, chair of Housing Voice and of the inquiry, said: “The massive shortfall in new housing has resulted in an affordable homes crisis in England.

“The gap between the number of homes required and the number being built is projected to be 750,000 by 2025.

“With average home prices now more than eight times the average salary, and over 1.6 million households on waiting lists for local authority and housing association homes, government action is desperately needed.”

The first regional meeting will be held in Exeter in December.

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