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Cornwall is one of the highest areas for second homes

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.

Charity: 'Desperate shortage' of affordable homes

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:

When the number of affordable properties in an entire town can be counted on your fingers, it's not difficult to see why a stable home of their own is quickly becoming a distant dream for the next generation.

It's right that young people who aspire to own their own home should work hard and save each month, but with such a pitiful number of affordable homes on offer - even with a generous 20% deposit - our housing shortage is holding them back.

Unless we build the affordable homes we desperately need, house prices will continue to rise and as a result more people will be forced to live at home with their parents into their thirties, or move into the expensive and unstable private rental market.

Young people are working hard and doing their bit. Now the government has to meet people halfway and increase the supply of affordable homes - not the supply of credit - or the prospect of a home of their own will slip even further out of reach for future generations.


Affordability 'black-spots' for homes in South West

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 100 homes in the South West are affordable

Only six in every 100 homes in the South West are affordable for working families Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

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.