Prices biggest cause of British housing crisis

Prices biggest cause of British housing crisis


 


25.10.04


 


 


The price of property is the top housing problem facing Britain today, according to research by the charity Shelter.


 


Around 70% of people believe the country is in the midst of a housing crisis, with run-down estates, children living in bad housing and high rents other issues for concern.


 


As a result of the findings Shelter has teamed up with a range of high profile figures to carry out a unique national investigation aimed at establishing the real extent of the problems nationwide, as the next stage of its `million children’ campaign.


 


Journalist Fiona Millar will chair the Shelter National Housing Investigation, visiting four different areas across the UK in November and December.


 


She said: ‘As a parent and a journalist with an interest in children and education I am aware that poverty, education and parenting are recognised as central to the outcome of children’s lives.


 


‘Yet housing – one of the most significant factors in a child’s development – is often overlooked.


 


‘I am very much looking forward to working with Shelter to see what the reality is for children who live in bad housing, and gain an in depth understanding of the impact this has on their entire future.’


 


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Adam Sampson, Director of Shelter, said: ‘Every day in Britain families are suffering the grim reality of overcrowded housing and run down estates, are trapped in emergency housing or are unable to afford a home in the town or village that they lived in all of their lives.


 


‘That is why it is so important that people such as Fiona Millar have agreed to hear first hand about the terrible impact of bad housing on children’s lives.


 


‘We hope that our investigation will open the eyes of the public to the severity of the hidden housing crisis.’


 


The National Housing investigation panel includes figures such as Lord Haskins, designer Wayne Hemingway, and rising star of UK hip hop, Shystie, who grew up in overcrowding in London.


 


They will be listening to evidence from frontline workers such as health workers, local politicians and teachers who witness the extent and damage of the housing crisis on a daily basis through their work, as well as families living in these conditions.


 


The panel will visit London, the South West, Edinburgh and the North West in November and December.


 


Mori interviewed 2,011 adults in April.


 


Source: www.manchesteronline.co.uk