Catalyst join call to end housing crisis
The country is in the midst of a housing crisis, where thousands of people don’t have a decent affordable home to call their own.
So many people are living in cramped homes, or with their parents, or are trapped in expensive rented accommodation, that we need to build 245,000 new homes every year, including 80,000 affordable homes. Sadly, we are only building around 130,00 homes – half what we need. This is creating a huge shortage of homes in the UK which is getting worse every year.
The housing crisis is affecting people from all walks of life and all parts of the country:
- The average first-time buyer today needs a £30,000 deposit – that’s almost ten times the deposit that was needed in the early 1980s
- Many adults still live with parents in overcrowded homes
- Many people struggle to afford to keep a roof over our heads, or become homeless.
Catalyst are supporting the ‘Homes for Britain’ campaign – led by eight housing organisations including the National Housing Federation, the Chartered Institute of Housing and the Home Builders Federation. Its goal is to get the main political parties to commit to “end the housing crisis in a generation” as part of their election manifestos and for the next government to publish a long-term plan for housing within a year of taking office that sets out how they will end the housing crisis within a generation.