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The housing crisis is taking its toll on aspiration, with over a quarter of a million people confessing they’ve given up on the dream of owning their own home in the last year alone.

 
 
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The Conservative Party manifesto has offered what amounts to a grudging admission that social housing has a key role to play in fixing the broken housing market, but its commitment to help councils build may prove something of a loaded gift.

 
 
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A commitment by all three main political parties to end rough sleeping has been welcomed as “significant progress” by the homelessness charity Crisis.

 
 
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The number of mortgages issued in March 2017was up 27% on the previous month but down 12% on the year before, according to the latest figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML).

 
 
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We’ll deliver if developers don’t, said Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron as he launched the party’s election manifesto, pledging 300,000 new government-built homes a year, and measures to allow councils to build more social housing.

 
 
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The Labour Party has vowed to fix the broken housing market if it wins the election, with a manifesto that offers rather more substance than the Conservative Government’s White Paper managed, but this in itself won’t be enough to earn Jeremy Corbyn the keys to Number 10.

 
 
 

The cost of upgrading an older property to the same standard as a newbuild home could be as much as £50,000, the Home Builders Federation (HBF) has claimed.

 
 
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A new campaign is urging private renters to make sure they are registered to vote in the coming General Election, warning that over three million potential votes could be lost if they don’t.

 
 
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Low-income private renters are spiralling into debt as they borrow money to help them pay the rent, according to a study by Shelter.

 
 
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Landlords pump over £15bn into the UK economy maintaining their property portfolios, but this spending is likely to fall as they cut costs to offset tax rises, new research claims.

 

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