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Thousands in the Midlands struggling to find a home

The chronic shortage of new homes in the Midlands is exposed today in a report Photo: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The chronic shortage of new homes in the Midlands is exposed today in a report by the National Housing Federation.

Figures show that in the West Midlands although 17,000 new households needed homes in 2011/12 only 8,640 new homes were built.

For the same period in the East Midlands there were 22,000 new households needed homes but only 8,560 homes were built.

The level of homelessness in the midlands is also on the increase. A 21% rise in the West Midlands and a 24% rise in the East Midlands.

The rise in waiting lists for social housing has also jumped significantly - a 98% increase in the West Midlands in the past ten years.

A 16% rise in the East Midlands in the past ten years.

Gemma Duggan from the National Housing Federation said:

"With high house prices and rising rents, we now face the very real possibility that an entire generation will be priced out of being able to rent a home, let alone be able to buy one."

– Gemma Duggan, National Housing Federation

This afternoon the organisation will make a presentation to Housing Minister Nick Boles MP and a number of other midlands MPs at Westminster . The Federation is calling on the government to tackle the crisis. They say more affordable homes should be built on brownfield sites.

It is also launching a "Yes to Homes" campaign encouraging ordinary people to lobby for action by contacting local councils and politicians.

Such is the squeeze on housing availability that rents in the private sector are predicted to go up by 60%. by 2022. Housing campaigners say the situation need to be addressed urgently to avoid many more thousands of people facing hardship.