New research published today (May 18), has shed light on the true scale of the housing crisis in England. The research, conducted by Heriot-Watt University and commisioned by the National Housing Foundation and Crisis, shows that England’s total housing need backlog has reached four million homes.   It says that a new housing settlement is needed to address this shortage, which would aim to provide a home for everyone who currently needs one, including homeless people, private tenants spending huge amounts on rent, children unable to leave the family home, and even couples delaying having children because they are stuck in unsuitable housing. To both meet this backlog and provide for future demand, the report says the country needs to build 340,000 homes per year until 2031. This is significantly higher than current estimates (including the Government’s target of 300,000 homes annually). The research comes ahead of the publication of … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

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