Monday 23 September 2019 / 12:01 AM Housing / John Healey

8.4 million people across England living in unaffordable, insecure or unsuitable homes – Healey responds

John Healey MP, Labour’s Shadow Housing Secretary, commenting on new research showing the extent of the housing crisis, said:

“These figures confirm the scale of the housing crisis and show the consequence of Conservative failure over the last nine years.

“It’s clear that the government should be doing much more, but deep cuts to housing investment since 2010 mean the country is now building 30,000 fewer social rented homes each year than we were with Labour.

“The next Labour government will build a million low-cost homes over ten years, give renters the rights they deserve and end rough sleeping within five years.”

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Notes to Editors

  • New research released today (Monday) by the National Housing Federation suggests 8.4 million people across England are living in unaffordable, insecure or unsuitable homes.
  • Research also released today (Monday) by the Action Empty Homes and the Nationwide Building Society indicated that last year saw the fastest rise in the number of long-term empty homes in England since the recession with the number increased by 5.3 per cent.