Homes too expensive for high percentage of families according to report

The current system of housebuilding in England is failing families by producing high-priced and poor-quality homes, according to new report from housing charity Shelter.

Sunday, 5th March 2017, 2:55 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 9:28 pm

Its new report shows that typical new homes built today are out of reach for eight in ten (83%) working private renting families across the country – even if they used the government’s Help to Buy scheme.

In the South-East, 84% of families are not able to afford to buy an average-priced new home.

Alongside being unaffordable, many new build homes are also poor quality, according to the charity.

In research by Shelter and YouGov, half (51%) of new home owners in England say they have experienced major problems with their properties, including issues with construction, unfinished fittings and faults with utilities.

The report warns the current system will never work for ordinary families because it rewards developers and land owners more interested in trading land at high prices than in building homes.

To put an end to this, the charity has unveiled New Civic Housebuilding, which it claims is a new model of housebuilding designed to deliver genuinely affordable, high-quality homes.

The report comes shortly after the government described the housing market as ‘broken’ and was critical of ‘fat-cat developers’ during the launch of its housing White Paper.

Graeme Brown, Shelter’s interim chief executive, said: “Big developers and land traders are making millions from a rigged system while families struggle with huge renting costs and have to give up on owning a home of their own, which has become nothing more than a pipe dream.

“For decades we’ve relied on this broken system and, despite the sweeteners offered to developers to build the homes we need, it simply hasn’t worked. The current way of building homes has had its day and it has failed the nation.

“The only way to fix our ever-growing housing crisis is for the government to champion a bold new approach which responds to communities to build the genuinely affordable, beautiful homes they want – as we have done as a country in the past. Until this happens, millions of ordinary families across the country will continue to pay the price.”