Government criticised over the latest affordable housing figures

Posted: 08/11/2012

The latest figures were published by the Department of Communities and Local Government which shows the supply of affordable housing for 2011 to 2012.  However, these figures are far from impressive and the Labour’s Shadow Housing Minister was the first to criticise the Government.

The figures are as follows;

A total of 57,950 gross additional homes were built in England between 2011 and 2012 which is a decrease of 4% on the 60,430 affordable homes which were supplied in 2010 to 2011.

There were 37,540 affordable homes which were built for social rent in 2011 to 2012 which is yet again another decrease, this time of 3% and a further 930 new affordable homes were supplied for affordable rent in 2011 and 2012 but this is the first year this scheme has been active.

There were 19,490 homes provided through intermediate housing schemes which included shared ownership and shared equity which was down by 10% compared to 2010 to 2011.

52,880 new build homes were built in 2011 to 2012 which represents 91% of all the affordable homes provided compared to 88% of the total supply in 2010 to 2011. This was the highest percentage reported since before the year of 1991 to 1992.

Jack Dromey, Labour’s Shadow Housing Minster spoke about the figures, ‘As a direct result of George Osborne’s cut of £4 billion for new affordable homes we have seen affordable house building in decline.’ He continued to criticise the Coalitions efforts to build affordable housing by saying that the Government have ‘half-baked’ schemes which become ‘re-branded, re-packaged and re-press released.’

What do you think of the disappointing affordable housing figures? Do you think the Labour Government would have provided the promised 100,000 affordable homes from utilising the windfall after the sale of the 4G spectrum?

Amanda McGovern, Pali Ltd
www.paliltd.com

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