Housing Minister Kris Hopkins hails 'affordable housing success story'
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Central Government
Housing minister hails 'affordable housing success story'
Housing Minister Kris Hopkins today hailed new figures showing nearly 200,000 'affordable' homes had been built since 2010 as "a real success story".
A total of 41,654 'affordable' homes were started in the year to March 2014 – 15% higher than the previous year. In addition 125,000 of the 170,000 homes planned through the Affordable Homes programme have now been delivered.
It means that since April 2010, 197,792 new 'affordable' homes have been delivered. Overall, the government has delivered 445,000 new homes since April 2010.
Housing Minister Kris Hopkins said: "Our affordable housebuilding efforts are a clear success story, with nearly 200,000 new affordable homes delivered since April 2010.
"It means families from Newcastle to Newquay have new homes available to them, whether to rent at an affordable rate or to buy through our shared ownership schemes.
"And this is on top of the wider efforts we’re making, which means housebuilding is now at its highest level since 2007."
The Affordable Homes programme includes social rented homes, 'affordable rent' homes and 'affordable home ownership' schemes.
Labour’s Shadow Housing Minister, Emma Reynolds, said today's figuress showed a fall in the number of affordable homes built over the last year.
She said: “In the midst of a massive housing shortage it is shocking that the number of affordable homes built continues to fall under this government.
“We have repeatedly called for action on housing supply, particularly on the need for more affordable homes, but this government has failed to act. Under David Cameron the number of homes built has fallen to the lowest level in peacetime since the 1920s.
“Labour is clear that you can’t deal with the cost-of-living crisis without building more homes. That’s why Labour has committed to getting 200,000 homes a year built by 2020.”
Rachel Fisher, head of policy at the National Housing Federation, added: “We welcome the news that 200,000 new affordable homes have been delivered since April 2010. However, it is nowhere near enough.
"Demand is still far exceeding supply. England needs around 240,000 new homes a year. We need to build more of the right homes, in the right place, at the right price.”
Council areas that have seen some of the biggest numbers of 'affordable' homes delivered since April 2010 include:
Birmingham - 2,740
Cornwall - 2,690
Wiltshire - 2,620
Leeds - 1,910
Bristol - 1,830
Manchester - 1,810
A fifth of the 'affordable' homes built last year, and a quarter of the total since 2010, were built in London.
The government says the success of the Affordable Homes programme is one of a number of indicators that Britain is building following the end of the housing boom in 2008. Others include:
- Planning permission was granted for 216,000 new homes in England in 2013 to 2014
- The help to buy scheme has helped over 27,000 people get on the property ladder with a fraction of the deposit they would normally require – leading developers are building more as a direct result of the scheme, with private housebuilding up a third compared to last year
- New home registrations rose by 30% in 2013 in England, the highest since 2007, and are up 60% in London – the highest for over two decades
- Council housebuilding starts are at a 23-year high
- Housing starts are at their highest since 2007
- The numbers of empty homes are now at a 10-year low
For more information about the National Housing Federation's 'Yes to Homes' campaign click here.
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