Epic scale of housing crisis leaves England short of 4 million homes 

‘Epic scale’ of the housing crisis in England leaves the country short of FOUR MILLION homes

  • The estimate accounts for homeless people and people living with parents 
  • Also included in the statistics are couples who would otherwise have moved out
  • Study says 340,000 homes need to be built a year until 2031 to tackle issue 

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 study says England needs to build 340,000 homes a year until 2031 to deal with the problem

Included in the statistics are the ‘boomerang’ generation still living with parents

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

David Orr, 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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