Call to tackle UK housing crisis
Housing charity Shelter has called on the new Government to make tackling the UK's housing crisis an urgent priority.
The group said the economic downturn had exacerbated the country's shortage of affordable homes, with 1.8 million households currently on council house waiting lists, while more than one million children were living in overcrowded conditions.
It warned that with more than 50,000 people expected to have their home repossessed this year, the situation was likely to get worse.
A survey carried out by the charity among 150 MPs from the last parliament found that 72% of them thought housing was one of the top three problems raised by their constituents.
Within this, 49% of MPs thought housing issues were the most common problem that constituents asked for help with.
Shelter said it was currently helping more than 200 people a day with housing problems.
It is writing to all new MPs this week offering them support and advice to help them deal with the housing issues constituents are likely to approach them with during the coming months.
Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter, said: "As well as being a vital issue for local people, addressing the housing crisis must now be an urgent priority for the new Government.
"We are offering our expertise and resources to all new and existing MPs as they start the difficult job of dealing with their constituents' very real housing problems on the ground."