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Lib Dem president Farron: We must act on affordable homes

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Central Government, Finance

Lib Dem president Farron: We must act on affordable homes Lib Dem president Farron: We must act on affordable homes

The president of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron MP, has demanded urgent action to provide affordable housing for young people in South Cumbria.

Farron was reacting to figures released by housing charity Shelter last month that revealed more than 80% of properties in England are unaffordable for the average working family looking to buy their first home.

And research by Shelter released yesterday showed that 1.97 million of the country's adults aged 20-34 are still living at home with their parents because of steep housing costs.

The research also found that in 83 of England's local authority areas, accounting for over a quarter of the country, there were fewer than 10 affordable homes for sale.

Shelter has found that 70% of homes in the North West are too expensive, with South Lakeland ranking the worst, where only 4% of homes are affordable (43 out of 1,069 for sale).

Farron said: "These statistics are tragic and we must act on them. Young people need a home, once we have that we can work to secure more good jobs and even more investment. Housing is fundamentally about people and it's the people in rural areas that suffer the most.

"It's appalling that in significant parts of the UK, you need a salary of at least £100,000 to stay in the village you grew up in. And it's not just a few people - the problem is real, and it's widespread. We must build homes to work to make sure every local family as a truly affordable home to call their own."

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