House prices are "spinning further out of control", a leading housing charity has warned after figures showed a 9.9% annual rise in UK values.
Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter, said: “Each rise in prices means more people stuck living in their childhood bedrooms, or trapped in the cycle of moving from one expensive rented home to the next.
“Worryingly, as house prices continue to rise some will be tempted to overstretch themselves in a frantic bid to get on the property ladder. But with interest rates currently at historic lows it’s a real concern that many might find themselves struggling to make ends meet in the future."
He added: “This is a problem that the government can fix. We need a new generation of quality part-buy, part-rent homes, and to make sure that small builders can get hold of the land and finance necessary to build them."
George Osborne says today's inflation figures show further evidence of Britain's economic security.
Asked whether house price rises of 9.9% were a cause for further action, the Chancellor said the Bank of England had been given further powers to intervene if necessary.
Brits are "still feeling the squeeze" despite inflation falling to a four-and-a-half-year low, Labour claim.
Wages after inflation have now fallen by over £1,600 a year under David Cameron and the link between the wealth of the nation and family finances is broken.
A huge turnaround would be needed to ensure working people aren’t worse off than when this Tory-led government came to office.
Inflation could fall to 1% by the end of the year, a leading economist has claimed.
Samuel Tombs, UK economist at Capital Economics, said producer price indicators, the strength of the pound making imports cheaper, and political pressure on energy bills were likely to see inflation ease further for the rest of the year.
"Against this low inflation backdrop, we believe the MPC is likely to tread cautiously and raise interest rates only very gradually over the coming years," he said.
First-time buyers face having to pay 10.7% more to get on the property ladder than they did a year ago, new figures show.
The typical starter home now costs £199,000, according to the Office for National Statistics.
The news follows calls for the Bank of England to take action against spiraling values, with some urging a dilution of the controversial Help to Buy scheme for buyers with lower deposits.
The Government says the scheme is working as intended to reach people who need its help the most.
Despite a recent fall to the lowest level since 2009, inflation (1.5%) still remains comfortably above the average rate of pay increases (0.7%).
This means the average worker's wages are still falling in real-terms, according to the latest available figures.
The surge in UK house prices over the last year was largely driven by London, which saw an overall increase of 18.7% in the year to March 2014.
Prices in the south east (8.9%) and east (8.5%) of England also contributed to the growth.
House price increases by country
- England: 10.4%
- Scotland: 4.8%
- Wales: 3.3%
- Northern Ireland: 2.6%
Prime Minister David Cameron has welcomed the fall in CPI inflation to 1.5%, tweeting that it means "more stability and financial security for everyone".
Good news that inflation is at its lowest for 5 years - it means more stability and financial security for everyone. #LongTermEconomicPlan
The fall in the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) measure of inflation to 1.5% marks the lowest in four-and-a-half years.
Falls in the cost of transport services, particularly air fares, were the largest contributor to the fall, the Office for National Statistics has said.
Heavy discounting by supermarkets also provided a large downward effect.
CPI equalled the rate seen in October 2009. It was last lower, at 1.1%, in September 2009.