Most Londoners believe the UK is currently experiencing a housing crisis, a new survey has revealed.

According to the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), 81 per cent of people living in Greater London believe issues such as the shortage and lack of affordability of housing across the country has become a serious problem.

This is much higher than the national average, as 75 per cent of respondents throughout the UK as a whole said they think there is a housing crisis at the moment.

Grainia Long, chief executive of the CIH, said this situation has arisen because not enough homes have been built in recent years to keep up with Britain's growing population.

She said the housing crisis is being felt by millions of people all over the country, including those who are stuck on social housing waiting lists and young adults who are unable to get a foot on the property ladder.

Ms Long stated that in the run-up to the general election, the main political parties need to show those who believe there is a housing crisis what they would do to tackle it.

David Orr, chief executive of the National Housing Federation, added that lots of people around Britain are "feeling the sharp end" of the housing crisis, which means politicians must "sit up and take notice".

He said it took a generation for the country to find itself in this situation and suggested it could take a similar amount of time to resolve the problem.

Mr Orr insisted that a long-term plan from government that tackles the "underlying causes" of the housing crisis needs to be put in place. This, he said, would be preferable to a short-term initiative that merely represents "tinkering around the edges".