THE Fiji Labour Party will put emphasis on housing if it wins the 2014 election.
FLP secretary general Mahendra Chaudhry said the provision of housing was a priority area for the party.
"We will look at the costing of houses for low income earners and whether a person can pay off the housing loan," he said in an interview.
"The real question is how do we tackle this massive problem. It's a vicious circle with rising unemployment, rising costs of basic items, education and health costs."
Mr Chaudhry said as far as the party was concerned, there should be a State subsidy for housing.
He said there was a need to increase the wages to enable people to afford low cost housing.
"Once there is a rise in wages and income, then we can get people out of the squatter settlements.
"We believe that one of the root causes of poverty in the country is the low wages.
"There are health and social issues coming out of these settlements and there is no reason why our people should be subjected to these conditions."
Mr Chaudhry said there was a lot of land in the country that could be developed to provide housing for low-income earners.
In its mini-manifesto, the FLP said it would see that the State subsidises low income houses to bring them within the reach of the low income earner.