1 million empty homes
(350,000 empty long term)
2 million families in need of a home
The Great British Property Scandal
George Clarke returned with his empty homes campaign on the 7th November 2012, in The Great British Property Scandal: Every Empty Counts. With the UK in the grip of a housing crisis, his calls for action couldn't come at a more critical time.
Almost two million British families are currently on the waiting lists for social housing, many of them in unsuitable temporary accommodation and struggling to pay soaring rents. Cutbacks and the recession also mean that homelessness has become a very real threat to families across the social spectrum who are increasingly struggling to make ends meet.
Meanwhile, one million properties lie empty across the UK, costing millions to keep secure - a bill often footed by taxpayers. In some areas whole streets of houses stand deserted, damaging local communities and businesses. Empty houses are a notorious blight on any local landscape, attracting vermin and vandals and depressing surrounding property prices.
Follow George on his journey up and down the country as he calls for more action.