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Builders call for housing focus

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The Government is failing in its attempts to "get Britain building" despite a number of ongoing initiatives, according to a group of leading housing bodies.

Shelter, the National Housing Federation and the Chartered Institute of Housing warned that the housing shortage crisis in the UK property market is only getting worse, leading to an increase in homelessness and overcrowding.

The report said that the problem of overcrowding had accelerated between 2009/10 and 2010/11, while the number of families forced to live in temporary accommodation and B&Bs for more than six weeks has also increased.

It said that the Government had made "no progress" on the housing supply front, and pointed to a rise in the cost of private sector rents.

More people are now claiming housing benefit, and planning reforms have so far failed to show any "real signs" of making a difference, it added.

However, "solid progress" has been made on bringing empty homes back into use, while repossessions and mortgage arrears have fallen.

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