Housing minister Brandon Lewis has come out to defend the coalition government amid claims that it has failed on its right-to-buy scheme.

The plans were supposed to address a shortfall in affordable housing in the UK, but with prices rocketing following moves like the introduction of help-to-buy, many of those who need it most are finding themselves without support.

However, Mr Lewis believes the government has succeeded with many of its targets, adding that there are now more new-builds of council housing than there has been for some time.

He cited the action that had been taken in the last five years since the coalition came into power as producing more affordable housing than the "entire 13 years" of the previous labour government's reign.

The minister also spoke of some of the more stringent measures that he believes his party has put into force aimed at pressuring councils into starting to build. He explained that local councils are now being told if they do not spend the housing funds within a three-year period, the receipts for the remainder will be redistributed back to central government.

However, with a general election on the way and promises from the labour party that it would transform the housing sector if elected, it remains to be seen whether many of the sanctions will materialise.

Despite Mr Lewis' proud proclamations about his party's progress in the housing sector, it seems many members of the public are less impressed. Later this week, tenants, housing associations and charities will embark on a march in London in a push to force mayor Boris Johnson to invest in a greater provision in the capital.

Campaigners claim there are currently more than 344,000 people on waiting lists for social housing in London.