House building figures down

18 February 2010

The number of new homes built was down last year, figures released today have shown.

43,430 homes were completed in the fourth quarter of 2007, compared to a figure of 28,200 in the fourth quarter of 2009. 

Of the 28,200 new homes built in the fourth quarter of last year, 6,160 were new Registered Social Landlord homes and 40 were new local authority homes.

Shelter director of campaigns, policy and communications, Kay Boycott said: 'It is horrendous that we find ourselves in a situation where we are seeing the lowest level of house building in sixty years. It is no surprise that more and more young people are struggling to get a decent and affordable place to live.

'It is vital that this and future governments place investment in housing at the very top of their political priorities. If nothing else, with housing completions dropping from 43,430 to 28,200 over the last two years, we are now very fearful that the industry will take at least a decade to recover to deliver the homes we desperately need.'

Ms Boycott added; 'We are also very concerned that only 6,000 new social homes were built this quarter. With almost 1.8 million households on council house waiting lists, this shows just how big the gap is between supply and demand for affordable housing.'

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