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Kerslake attacks plans to extend right-to-buy scheme

A former head of the Civil Service, appointed to the House of Lords by the Prime Minister, is set to publicly criticised his controversial plans to extend the right-to-buy scheme to housing association tenants.

In his maiden speech, Lord Kerslake - who was the most senior official at the Department of Communities and Local Government until February - is expected to warn that it will do nothing to address the current housing shortage

He told ITV News' Social Affairs Editor Penny Marshall the policy was "wrong in principle and wrong in practice".

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YouTuber reacts to Tory and Labour first time buyer plans

London YouTuber Ellen Richardson doesn't believe that either David Cameron or Ed Miliband's housing pledges will be enough to tackle the housing problem for young people.

Speaking to ITV News, she said the promises outlined by the Conservatives and Labour were "good" but are "drops in the ocean compared to what is actually needed to deal with the housing crisis".

Miliband: Dream of home ownership disappearing for many

Labour leader Ed Miliband said the Prime Minister's plan on housing had "failed Britain and failed families".

Miliband: Dream of home ownership disappearing for many Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

There is no bigger priority for the next Labour government than building homes again in our country.

Because frankly right across the board - it's not just this government, but it is this government - we haven't done enough as a country on housing.

Under this government we are building fewer homes than at any time since the 1920s and record high numbers of families are being forced to rent.

For far too many people the dream of home ownership is disappearing into the distance.

Labour has a better plan to build hundreds of thousands of new homes, ensure that local first time buyers are given priority and get a fairer deal for millions of families that rent.

– Ed Miliband

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Half of people 'fear they will never get on property ladder'

More than half of people fear they will never be able to own a house in the city where they live, according to a new study.

The research found that 54 per cent of people believe a lack of affordable housing will push them out towards the suburbs as city living becomes increasingly unsuitable.

The high cost of living, a lack of jobs and minimal green space were also criticised in the survey Credit: PA

The high cost of living, a lack of jobs and minimal green space were also criticised in the survey by paints company AkzoNobel.

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said the government had ploughed £19.5 billion into building new affordable homes to tackle the housing problem.

He said around 700,000 new homes had been built in Britain since the end of 2009, with building new homes a central part of the government's economic plan.

Rics: Construction industry skills shortage 'worrying'

The problem of skills shortages in the construction industry looks set to peak in five years' time, when it is estimated that thousands of businesses will be turning down work, according to Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Surveyors play a pivotal role in the delivery of every construction project. Simply put, without surveyors, things don't get built.

That's why our research is worrying. If so many firms are turning down work due to a lack of available talent, demand for skills will soon far outstrip the supply.

For many companies, that time is already here, but the next few years look like a real tipping point. Construction as an industry looks set to grow, but at this rate it's very unlikely that we'll have the capacity or the capability to fulfil planned projects.

– Alan Muse of RICS

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said: "Maintaining the supply of skilled workers has been key to getting the country building again."

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