On the Up: the Housing Crisis in the North

By: Catherine Grannum  Published: December 2004

This research report for Shelter's Housing Investigation is the fourth in the series, each tackling a different aspect of the housing crisis. It calls for an urgent review of the market renewal programme to address the rise in homelessness.


National indices reveal that house prices are rising faster in the three regions that make up the north of England than anywhere else in the country. All three regions showed rates of increase above 20 per cent. Homelessness is also rising in the north.

Some localities in the north have declined so severely that no one wants to live there, leading to high levels of empty properties. Government regeneration funding is being poured into Housing Market Renewal Pathfinders across the north to try to correct this, but these projects are bringing new problems: increased evictions, rising prices and the falling supply of emergency housing.

This investigaton examines the three key elements contributing to the housing crisis in the north - rising house prices, increasing homelessness and neighbourhood decline - and proposes key recommendations for change.


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