The Housing Crisis

  • Against a background of mounting debt across the country, huge numbers of homeowners are having their homes repossessed, because they are no longer able to keep up with their mortgage repayments.

  • Second home ownership is pricing local people out of many rural areas.

  • Over 1.7 million households are currently waiting for social housing.

  • The number of new households is increasing faster than the number of house builds.

  • And at the sharpest end, many hundreds of people sleep rough on the streets every night, cold and fearing for their safety.

  • 1.4 million children in England live in bad housing.

  • In 2008/09, 654,000 households in England were overcrowded.

  • In 2009 the number of repossessions rose to 48,000 from 25,900 in 2007, and it is predicted that repossessions will remain high in the coming years.

  • 7.4 million homes in England fail to meet the Government’s Decent Homes Standard.

  • The UK is now more polarised by housing wealth than at any time since the Victorian era.

  • In 2009/10, more than 62,000 households were found to be homeless by local authorities.

  • At the end of September 2010, 49,000 households were living in temporary accommodation arranged by local authorities. Just over 38,000 of these households had dependent children


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