UK needs more cheap houses for rent
Britain needs a million more affordable houses to rent to avoid a homelessness crisis by 2021, a Cambridge University study has revealed. At the moment, the UK is already suffering a shortfall of 300,000 rented homes at below market prices. In London alone - where it costs a million pounds to live in an old Amazon box under the Westway with the crack fox - the shortage amounts to 190,000.
While the UK bristles with overpriced properties that are ‘stunning’ (ordinary), ‘bijou’ (suitable only for a Lego Minifigure) and boast ‘open aspects’ (view of abbatoir), a lack of cheap social housing will soon be epidemic.
Jack Dromey MP, the shadow housing minister said: ‘This is yet more evidence of the biggest housing crisis in a generation. The Government’s failure is having dramatic consequences for people all over the country.”
Meanwhile the government say they’re building 170,000 new affordable homes to rent by 2015, and are planning to accelerate the building rate.
It's doubtful that the Tories are really going to put a rocket under a huge social housing project, though, what with their intense hatred of council houses, poor people, devil dogs, curtains drawn in the middle of the day etc. You can bet they'll want everyone to buy, buy, buy.
So if you are unemployed, an asylum seeker, or on benefits, you should probably get your box sorted out now.