They liked the Tories' ideas but loved one Lib Dem policy.

That's the verdict of Halifax's Generation Rent Report 2015, which assessed the various parties' policies against the needs of first-time buyers aged 20-45.

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The Lib Dems' idea, now unlikely to see the light of day after the party's spectacular collapse at the polls, was to give greater powers to local authorities to tackle empty homes in the form of renovation and a subsequent return of the property to the rental or sales markets.

The 40,000 or so individuals providing data for the report indicated increasing the supply of new housing was the issue of most concern to them within the property sector.

All pledges to build more homes and to either reserve a proportion of these homes or offer them all to first-time buyers were welcomed by the majority of respondents.

The group also came out in favour of the Tories' new Right to Buy scheme, with 54% believing it would be of benefit to getting more people on the housing ladder.

Halifax mortgages director Craig McKinlay said: “Housing was a major issue during the General Election campaign and political parties of all hues acknowledged more needs to be done to help first-time buyers.

"However, this now needs to translate into concrete plans. By taking the most beneficial cross party policy positions according to those aged 20-45 our report has created the ideal policy package.

“Earlier this year the independent Commission on Housing identified that we need to deliver at least 2million homes by 2025 to meet demand.

"Getting empty homes back on the market and tackling the shortfall in housebuilding needs to be a political priority and requires a long-term commitment if it’s to address the shortage of supply.”

The Conservatives' extension to its Help to Buy equity loan scheme for new-build properties was also welcomed by respondents with 56% expressing approval.

Mr McKinlay said: “The majority of participants believe Help to Buy has had a positive impact but the fact that 39% either didn’t know or were undecided demonstrates more work is needed to educate people as to the benefits and how the schemes work."