House building hits record low

21 February 2013

Young man and woman outside a building

House building figures released today show an 11% decrease in the number of new homes started in the last year, to 98,280.

Apart from the height of the recession in 2009, this is the only time starts have dropped below 100,000 since records began more than 30 years ago.

Shelter’s Chief Executive Campbell Robb said:

‘This Government promised to get Britain building, yet today’s figures show house building has hit record lows.

‘Ultimately, it’s ordinary people who pay the price, with families struggling to meet ever-rising rents and young couples unable to get on the housing ladder no matter what they do.

‘The slump in our construction industry is one of the main reasons we’re facing the threat of a triple-dip recession.

‘We can build our way of out of this, but the Government has to use next month’s budget to unlock the finance to deliver more genuinely affordable family homes.

‘Unless action is taken now, it’s hard to see our housing crisis improving any time soon.’

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