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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-03-03

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'Rigged' house building system means 85% of families cannot afford new home in the region

NEW Shelter report reveals 'rigged' system favours big developers and land traders rather than families, as it sets out a new model for building homes.  The current system of house building in England is failing families by producing high priced and poor quality homes, according to new report from housing charity Shelter.

Its new report shows that typical new homes built today are out of reach for 83% working private renting families across the country; even if they used the government's Help to Buy scheme. In the North West, 85% 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. In research by Shelter and YouGov, 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.

Today's 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 House building a new model of house building 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."


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