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It is no surprise that Cornwall has one of the highest proportions of second homes in the country.
But it is also the poorest, and many local people struggle to get onto the property ladder.
New housing minister Kris Hopkins was quoted in the weekend papers saying second homes are good for rural communities, now he has backtracked, saying he was misquoted.
Housing charity Shelter has called for action to tackle a "desperate shortage" of affordable homes.
In the South West, only six in every 100 homes in the South West are affordable. Shelter chief executive Campbell Robb said:
Research from a charity has found that only 6% of properties in the South West are affordable for families looking to buy their first home.
Several affordability "black-spots" were also uncovered by the study:
- Exeter, where there were just six affordable properties
- East Dorset, where there were 16 affordable homes for sale
- Christchurch where there were 11
Only six in every 100 homes in the South West are affordable for working families, new research from housing charity Shelter has found.
The charity said it is harder than ever for younger families to get onto the property ladder, and many people remain stuck in expensive and unstable private lets.