How do the political parties compare on housing for the General Election 2024?

An overhead shot of a newly built housing estate
The housing crisis is set to be a key issue in the upcoming general election (Image credit: Getty Images)

Housing is set to be a pivotal issue in the upcoming general election, as the UK faces a growing shortage of homes. 

Numerous challenges affect those looking at building a house, including restrictive planning regulations, labour shortages, and limited development sites are impeding house construction efforts. Coupled with reduced affordability options, these factors have contributed to the average age of first-time buyers rising to 34 years old.

Joseph Mullane
News Editor

News Editor Joseph has previously written for Today’s Media and Chambers & Partners, focusing on news for conveyancers and industry professionals.  Joseph has just started his own self build project, building his own home on his family’s farm with planning permission for a timber frame, three-bedroom house in a one-acre field. The foundation work has already begun and he hopes to have the home built in the next year. Prior to this he renovated his family's home as well as doing several DIY projects, including installing a shower, building sheds, and livestock fences and shelters for the farm’s animals. Outside of homebuilding, Joseph loves rugby and has written for Rugby World, the world’s largest rugby magazine.