Kent faces severe housing shortage
Kent families are set to be stuck in a
housing trap for decades - with the number of households in the
county soaring by 24%.
Thousands of families could be left
fighting for a home - with new homes needed in Kent rising from
720,400 this year to 891,000 in 2033.
Ashford will be hardest hit, with
households rising by nearly a third (32%) in that time, according
to the report by the National Housing Federation.
Home Truths: South East warns we're
only building half the homes we need to house the 39,000 new
families each year in the South East region.
Now, a shortage in housing is also
causing a pent-up demand for rented homes, and longer waits for
In our county house prices are already
10 times the average income - and are expected to rise another 61%
in the region over the decade.
Rents are 3% above the national
average in Kent, and set to rise, and social housing waiting lists
have risen by 57% in the last decade - from 28,666 to 45,102
Warren Finney, South East lead manager
at the National Housing Federation, said: "This is a problem that
will not go away unless we take action.
"If the housing crisis doesn’t affect you now, the chances are it will in the next few years" – Warren Finney, of the National Housing Federation
"Our population is
increasing, with people living longer and more single-person
households, and this only increases the pressure on our struggling
"If the housing crisis doesn’t affect
you now, the chances are it will in the next few years – if not
you, then your children, your parents or your friends."
He said house prices and rents
were already out of reach for many families, with thousands of
working people having to rely on Government support to pay their
He added: "We are quite simply not
building enough homes to keep up with demand, and unless this
changes, the situation is only going to get worse.
"It’s time for us all – politicians,
industry and local people in Kent – to say yes to homes."
But it is those homes which house
pensioners which will be among the hardest hit.
Households containing over-65s in Kent
will rise by 58% by 2033.
The National Housing Federation
is calling on the Government and local politicians to work
with the housing industry to tackle the crisis.
It is launching a campaign,
Yes to Homes, to give
local people the chance to show councillors and politicians that
new homes matter.
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