IELTS Writing: Housing shortage

Housing shortages in big cities can have severe consequences. Only government action can solve this problem. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Nowadays, as the population bulge in big cities, individuals are facing the severe problem of housing shortage consequently. However, whether it is the authority’s obligation to address the difficulty remains a controversial issue. I agree with the view that as housing is a kind of basic human need, authority should shoulder the responsibility to make a difference.

First, it is obvious that housing is the essential part of the human well-being. If people are always struggling to find the ideal place to live, how could they expect to settle up and realise their other accomplishments? Besides, what is worse is that the frequent movement of population will probably lead to the social disruption.

Moreover, we should not forget that only the government has the ability to tackle the issue because it can pool all the social resources, like manpower, facilities, financial aid to make plans, lay down regulation and carry out the policy. Some countries, like Germany, did the great job to stabilise the price of the housing by means of tax leverage in order to make the housing affordable in recent years. Therefore, we should learn the experience to enhance our social welfare system.

That is not to say that the house can be got for free. As the most expensive commodity for most ordinary people, citizens still need to take efforts to earn enough money to choose what quality of houses they can afford. But basically, this dream should be feasible with the help of various national policies, such as bank loan.

In sum, government should play their roles to maintain a healthy housing market for ordinary people; meanwhile, citizens should be industrial to earn their livings. Only by doing so can we ensure that we can live in the guaranteed and energetic society.

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