Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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Average earners in Black Country need £15,839 to keep up with house prices

New research shows that average earners in the Black Country would need to earn over £15,389 more just to keep up with soaring house prices.

The charity Shelter revealed that Black Country families on average incomes have seen their wages fall behind rising house prices by £15,389 over the last 26 years.

Average earners in Dudley would need to double their wages to make up the shortfall.

Austin has called for major investment in new housing across the Black Country to tackle the crisis.

Ian Austin MP said:

“We all want to own our own home, but these figures show how high house prices have become, and how difficult it is for hard-working families in the Black Country to achieve their dream.

“I helped get funds for new homes that have been built on Priory Road, the Wrens Nest and in Gornal, but that’s still not enough for huge demand. The Government needs to step in and commit to building more houses.

“I want the government to make an ambitious commitment to building 200,000 new homes, and I want as many as possible of those to replace derelict land in Dudley.”

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