Warning given over 'housing crisis'
More new homes must be built to tackle "the country's burgeoning housing crisis", a new report has said.
The National Housing Federation, homelessness charity Shelter and the Chartered Institute of Housing have called on the Government to do more after publishing their second Housing Report which finds it is failing in five out of 10 key issues.
It urged the coalition to "get Britain building" to provide thousands of much-needed homes, with the benefit of stimulating the economy.
The report found that affordability of the rented sector, help with housing costs, homelessness, the housing supply and overcrowding were getting worse.
The study found no change in the issues of home ownership, mobility and planning while there were improvements in empty homes and "evictions, repossessions and arrears".
After publishing the findings, the authors said "the Government is falling well short in tackling the country's burgeoning housing crisis".
David Orr, chief executive of the National Housing Federation, which represents housing associations, said: "Much more needs to be done to tackle this country's dire housing crisis. Unless we build significantly more homes, it will only get worse.
"Building new homes will help fix our broken housing market and, with rising unemployment and living costs, spur economic growth by creating jobs and supporting small businesses. It's a win/win for the taxpayer and for the millions stuck on waiting lists."
Progress to get Britain building was being made, Housing Minister Grant Shapps said, adding he was "delighted that such an influential range of organisations are now joining me in raising housing as one of the key issues we face in this country today".
Mr Shapps said: "With the support of the Prime Minister our housing plans are taking centre stage in the economic recovery, getting people into jobs, helping aspiring homeowners on to the housing ladder and getting Britain building. We have made real progress and I am pleased that this is recognised by a number of 'green' and 'amber' lights in the report, but I am under no illusions that we still have a long way to go."