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The UK is in the middle of what many describe as a housing crisis. Demand for homes has increased, fuelled in part by a rising population, but construction work has failed to keep up with the pace of that demand. This BBC Briefing estimates that the size of the housing supply gap - the difference between the available stock and the number of homes needed for everyone to have a decent place to live - may be in excess of one million homes. What to do about it is a question that divides policymakers, economists and the public. There is no single easy solution - it all depends on your circumstances and where you live. The situation is made more complicated because responsibility for housing p... Full story

23 February