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Housing crisis could be ‘iceberg’ that sinks Tories

Conservative MP Nick Boles urges PM to build more houses before next election or face backlash

The level of home ownership among young adults has “collapsed” over the past two decades, with the sharpest decline felt among middle income earners, the Institute for Fiscal Studies warns.

Just one in four middle-income young adults own their own home, compared to two in three young adults 20 years ago. The reason is simple: prices have risen about seven times faster in real terms than the incomes of young adults.

As a result they have been “robbed” of the chance to buy homes, says The Guardian, while the Daily Mail talks of the “end of the home owning dream”. In the Mail’s front page article, Robert Colvile of the Centre for Policy Studies describes the reduction in home ownership as “one of the most dramatic, and damaging, shifts in our society and economy in recent decades”.

The knock-on effect of this decline could damage the Conservative party’s standing, according to The Daily Telegraph. “The fact that young, middle class professionals are half as likely to get on the housing ladder should panic the Tories,” says the paper.

Theresa May has been urged by members of her party to take “radical action” or face being pushed out of government in the following election, says Business Insider.

“The doubly whammy of stagnant wages and spiralling house prices has had a devastating effect on the ability of people in their 20s and 30s to buy their own home,” says Tory MP Nick Boles.

“This is an iceberg warning for Theresa May and the Conservative Party: if we do not take bold steps to get more houses built it will sink us at the next election.”

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