Shelter responds to 68% drop in affordable housing starts

Responding to latest figures from the Homes and Communities Agency which show a 68% fall in affordable housing starts over the past year, Shelter’s Chief Executive Campbell Robb says:

“Despite lots of talk from the government about building more homes, these figures show they simply aren’t being delivered. With just 15,700 affordable homes started last year, it now looks incredibly unlikely that the government will meet its target of providing 170,000 affordable homes by 2015.

“This is yet more depressing news for the millions of people struggling to get on the housing ladder, in particular the rising numbers of young families left with no option but to raise their children in unstable private rented homes.

“With house building a key lever to boost economic growth and provide jobs, we need to see bold and urgent action from this government to drastically increase the number of affordable homes being built.”


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Notes to Editors
1. Figures from the Homes and Communities Agency released today show that affordable housing starts are down from 49,363 in 2010/11 to 15,698 in 2011/12. For a link to the full stats table visit.
http://www.homesandcommunities.co.uk/national-housing-statistics
2. In 2011 Housing Minister Grant Shapps has pledged to deliver 170,000 affordable homes by 2015

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