Published: 14th Mar 2019

Granby, Liverpool. Much has been said about the rise in homelessness in Britain, with the number almost doubling since 2010. Politicians and experts of every hue have weighed in citing factors from ‘lifestyle choices’ and substance abuse, to austerity and welfare cuts, mental health crises, relationship breakdown and joblessness. But one factor which has not been disputed by anyone is that there is quite simply a lack of affordable places to live. ‘There’s not enough affordable, adequate housing of any sort,’ said Professor Nicholas Pleace, director of the Centre for Housing Policy at the University of York. ‘If there’s not enough housing, prices go up to a point where some people literally cannot afford the rent or mortgage.’ According to research published by the National Housing Federation, England has a housing backlog of four million homes and needs to build 340,000 homes per year until 2031. … (To read the full article, subscribe below)