Nationwide Building Society is urging the new Government to resurrect abandoned funding that would bring thousands of empty properties back into use.

With an estimated 226,000 empty properties in England, the Society said it believes the time for action is now. This is set against the fact that 85,000 families are living in unsuitable and overcrowded temporary accommodation, equating to 126,000 children.

“While clearly not a ‘silver bullet’ solution to the housing crisis on its own, bringing empty homes back into use at pace would provide much-needed accommodation, particularly for families up and down the country, Nationwide said.