Britain is “teetering on the edge of a housing disaster” said TV presenter and architect George Clarke ahead of his appearance at the UK’s largest construction trade show.
The celebrity architect will use his speech during the opening session of UK Construction Week’s Main Stage seminar programme to call upon the Government to take “drastic action” to prevent more families being forced into homelessness because of the UK’s housing crisis.
UK Construction Week starts tomorrow (6 October) at the Birmingham NEC, which brings together nine construction industry shows under one roof.
Clarke will be joined on stage by Richard Bacon MP, chairman of the All Parliamentary Group on Self-Build, Custom, and Community Housebuilding. The MP will respond to these issues, focusing on the systemic problem in the UK housing industry in which supply does not rise to meet demand.
“The housing shortage in the UK is terrifying but nobody seems to be doing anything about it,” said Clarke, speaking ahead of the event. “There are 630,000 empty homes in England but the government refuses to take responsibility for improving and refurbishing this existing housing stock.
“There is a desperate need for significant investment – not only in refurbishment but also in delivering a sustained programme of affordable new build housing. We are teetering on the edge of a housing disaster and the piecemeal promises from government to date simply will not deliver what is required to avoid this.”