An unprecedented housing emergency is having a major negative impact on the lives and mental health of millions of people as house prices and rents continue to soar, according to the Land Promoters and Developers Federation's latest report prepared in association with RPS.

The shocking statistics highlight the impact on the lives of people who cannot afford to get on to the property ladder, those who live in overcrowded, concealed or dangerous homes, and those paying ever-increasing levels of rent.

According to a report by housing charity Shelter earlier this year, there are 17.5 million people impacted by the housing emergency. It says mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, sleeping problems and panic attacks may be caused by these housing pressures.

The LPDF report – The Housing Emergency - highlights statistics that demonstrate how the housing crisis is getting worse despite the government’s desire to see 300,000 new homes built each year.

Here are just some of the key facts:

  • In 2020, the average cost of buying a home was 7.84 times the average income.  In 1997 it was only 3.54
  • In 2020, 58,644 affordable homes were delivered representing only 40% of the identified need
  • 3.66m, the number of those in concealed or overcrowded houses in England
  • 2019-2020 the average age of a first time buyer was 34 years old, compared to 27 in 2007

Credit: LPDF November 2021. Download their latest publications here.