"The housing shortage is one of the biggest crises facing Britain today and tackling it must be a priority of any future government," said the Liberal Democrat Shadow Housing Minister.
Commenting on a report by the National Housing Federation which finds that the number of new homes being built this year will fall to its lowest level since 1923, Sarah Teather said:.
"This is the legacy of decades of underinvestment and neglect by consecutive Tory and Labour Governments which today means people who have been hardest hit by the recession are struggling most to access affordable housing.
"The housing shortage is one of the biggest crises facing Britain today and tackling it must be a priority of any future government. That is why Liberal Democrats would bring hundreds of thousands of empty homes back into use, as well as empower local councils to borrow against their assets and finance necessary investment in housing in their area."