Britain needs to build more homes to house hundreds and thousands of families by 2011, a national housing body has announced.

More than 200,000 households are projected to join waiting lists for social housing by 2011. Overall 1.97 million households will be on waiting lists as a result of the recession and the ‘on-going under supply of homes’, according to the National Housing Federation.

The federation is urging the government to spend £6.35bn to fund the building of 100,000 social homes over the next two years.

“We are currently witnessing a dramatic surge in the demand for social housing, as the recession really starts to bite.

“The housing crisis is now so great that, unless dramatic action is taken, it may take decades for the nation to recover,” says federation director Ruth Davison.

The National Housing Federation represents 1,200 independent, not-for-profit housing associations in England.

By staff writer.