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Housing Time-Bomb for York

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7:47am 22nd November 2012
(Updated 8:46am 22nd November 2012)

Families across Yorkshire and Humberside are facing a “housing time-bomb” with just a third of the new homes the region needs being built every year, a new report has warned.

Home Truths: Yorkshire and Humber 2012 reveals there is simply not enough affordable housing to go around in Yorkshire and Humberside. This shortage is putting the cost of privately renting or owning a home out of reach of yet thousands more families, the National Housing Federation has warned.

They say that last year 27,200 new households formed in Yorkshire and Humber but only 9,840 new homes were built. At the same time Yorkshire and Humberside has seen sharp increases in the cost of renting a home privately according to the National Housing Federation.

They add that this situation is seen right across the region, where house prices have risen 3.5 times faster than earningsin the past decade, more than anywhere else in England. As a result one out of every eight households in Yorkshire is now stranded on a social housing waiting list, a rise of 81 per cent in the last 10 years say the National Housing Federation.

They are urging the Government to hand over disused brownfield public land to allow housing associations to build more homes.

Rob Warm, Yorkshire and Humber lead manager for the National Housing Federation, said: “The lack of affordable housing is a tragedy for families across Yorkshire & Humberside who are helplessly watching as the cost of renting or buying a home spirals out of reach. We also know that various Government departments currently own disused land, such as derelict hospitals and disused schools, which could and should be used to build more homes.

“At the same time long-term youth unemployment in Yorkshire & Humberside has risen. Building new homes and renovating existing ones is the quickest and most effective way to boost a local economy where we know construction is suffering. This would help solve Yorkshire & Humberside’s housing crisis and create jobs and in the construction industry for a generation who can’t find work.”

Home Truths: Yorkshire and Humber also found that homelessness rose by 26% across the region in the past two years. Adding that local authorities accepted 4,900 households as homeless in 2011/12. Housing associations are at the sharp end of this, often helping people who are in the most need to find a place to live according to the National Housing Federation.

The National Housing Federation is calling on the Government and the whole housing industry to take a long-term, joined up approach to tackle the market difficulties. They say that more immediately the Government must release publicly owned brownfield land to housing associations so they can build more houses. Using the Government’s own data, the National Housing Federation say they have identified sites equivalent to land twice the size of Hullthat could be built on now.

Public support for building more homes is also crucial say the National Housing Federation. The National Housing Federation’s new campaign Yes to Homes will encourage more people to speak up in support of more new homes.

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