Affordable housing 'major concern' for families, says poll

By: Mark Wilding
Published: 29 June 2011

Affordable housing is a bigger concern for families than education or crime, according to a poll published today

The YouGov poll for the Housing Voice campaign of more than 2,500 adults found that 71 per cent of people do not think the Government is giving much attention to affordable housing.

When asked to state the three top concerns affecting themselves and their families, 15 per cent of respondents included affordable housing whereas only 14 per cent mentioned education and 12 per cent crime.

People in private rented accommodation cited affordable housing as their second biggest concern after the economy - 40 per cent, compared to 28 per cent for health and 18 per cent for education.

The Housing Voice campaign will be launched in Parliament later today, calling for more affordable houses and greater government action on the issue.

Labour peer Lord Whitty is chairing the campaign. He said: "Housing is currently beset by a perfect storm of demographic change, the long-term shortfall of new homes being built, issues around the availability of finance for would-be buyers and the inadequacy of available homes to rent in the social and private sectors."