Home Builders Federation

More than 70% of the public believe Government is responsible for fixing the country’s shortage of homes yet fewer than 1 in 5 think politicians truly understand the challenges facing young people trying to get on the property ladder, a new survey finds.

The research, published by the Home Builders Federation (HBF), shows 68% of people believe that building more homes is vital to resolving the country’s housing crisis and a staggering 72% place responsibility for solving the country’s shortage of homes firmly at the door of politicians.

The ‘Housing the Nation’ report explores public perceptions of the country’s chronic shortage of homes. The research reveals:

  • 78% of respondents agree there is a housing crisis in the UK
  • To tackle the crisis, 68% of respondents agree building more homes is vital
  • 80% of respondents are supportive or not averse to new homes being built in their local area
  • 71% of respondents feel the housing crisis is making the country less equal and more divided
  • 72% of respondents believe responsibility for solving the housing crisis sits most heavily with Government
  • Only 55% think that solving the housing crisis is actually a priority for politicians
  • 72% of respondents were worried about the prospects of future generations in relation to the housing market
  • Just 18% of people think politicians truly understand the challenges young people face in getting on the housing ladder
  • More than 40% of respondents agree with the statement ‘Housing will be an important factor in determining who I vote for at the next General Election'

It comes as home ownership among younger generations is lower than for their predecessors and housing supply numbers are plummeting. HBF warns that without government intervention the current anti-business, anti-growth policy environment, coupled with challenging economic landscape could see housing supply halve to new record lows exacerbating the nation’s housing crisis.

Home Builders Federation Report

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