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New first-time buyers scheme

A new scheme to help first-time buyers get on the housing ladder is being launched. ITV's Tonight programme has been told Britain's housing market is facing a "perfect storm" with potential buyers and sellers left in limbo and prices flat lining

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Shelter: House hunters are priced out of the local market

59% of people who do not own their own home believe they will never be able to afford one in their own area, according to a new poll by the housing charity Shelter.

House hunters are being priced out

The figures come from a new poll by the housing charity Shelter.

Shelter analysts said someone putting away £200 a month would have to save for nearly 16 years to have enough for an average deposit.

44% said they believe their children or future children will not be able to afford a decent home.

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