PART FIVE: Are empty homes the answer to a housing crisis?

EMPTY HOMES: We have more empty homes than anywhere else in the country. Can they be transformed to help curb a crisis?

The North West has the highest number of empty homes - just under 40,000 - than anywhere else in England. In fact a fifth of all unused housing in the country is right here in the North West.

It's another shocking couple of statistics to emerge from our week of special stories about housing in the region.

We're looking at the issue of empty properties - and the work being done to turn them into places people can call home.