Home building should be easier, say MPs
It should be easier for people to build their own homes in England to help the housing crisis, MPs have said. A Commons communities select committee report said 230,000 households were forming each year, but in 2011 only 110,000 new homes were built.
However the MPs' warned there was "no silver bullet" to tackle the situation.
Welcoming the report, Housing Minister Grant Shapps agreed more action needed to be taken and the government was backing the "self-build boom".
In their report, the MPs suggested local authorities must get a greater say on housing projects, while pension funds and other investment funds should be encouraged to invest in building new homes.
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