The current housing crisis is a national issue. Following a study in 2004 it was estimated that around 250,000 homes would need to be built every year in order to provide suitable housing for the entire population of the UK and keep up with household formulation. In 2014, just 145,174 new homes were registered.
The fact that the numbers needed are not being met by over 100,000 creates an alarming reality that needs to be faced and properly addressed. Every year that passes where insufficient new housing is developed creates a greater disparity between what is needed and what is actually available.
The consequences of this impact the very culture of our society and the lives of people from all walks of life. Increasing numbers of people will find it impossible to secure their first home and subsequently feel unable to take steps in their lives such as starting a family. In the most extreme cases, people are being forced to live in unbelievably overcrowded homes, struggle to afford continuously rising prices and potentially become homeless.
It cannot be stated enough the extent to which this is an urgent issue that is in dire need of tackling. We are therefore proud to stand amongst those declaring support for the Homes for Britain campaign.
Home for Britain is a campaign that has brought together a number of organisations in the belief that everyone has the right to a decent affordable home and are calling on all political parties to commit to ending the housing crisis within a generation. This should include the publication of a long-term plan for housing within a year of the next term of office, ensuring that the number of new homes required to end the crisis are built every year.
Amongst those supporting this campaign are some of the top housing associations and charities in the country. We have the pleasure of working closely with some of these organisations, giving us a real insight into the amazing work that they do in order to make a difference. The severity of the issue is such that no single organisation can tackle it alone and therefore requires a campaign of this type.
For more information on this campaign and ways in which you can get involved, visit the Homes for Britain website.