‘Affordable’ home delivery up 12%
Nearly 50,000 ‘affordable’ homes were delivered in England over 2017-18, according to the government – an increase of 12% compared to 2016-17.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) says that ‘since 2013-14, affordable rent has become the most common tenure type for affordable homes delivery,’ and that in the last year 26,838 new affordable rent homes were created, 57% of ‘all new affordable homes’.
And 47% of the latest crop were ‘funded through section 106 (nil grant) agreements,’ which has apparently ‘been increasing year-on-year since a low in 2014-15 when section 106 (nil grant) accounted for 22% of affordable homes delivered’.
The MHCLG’s report also states that there were ‘8.5 affordable homes delivered per 10,000 people in England’ – which was ‘similar to the average of the previous 15 years (9.0 affordable homes)’.
Some more facts? Ok: 90% of the homes were new build, similar to the previous year; and there were 53,572 starts on site, an 11% increase on the previous year.
Labour’s shadow housing secretary John Healey isn’t hugely impressed with the figures, saying: ‘These figures confirm the disastrous fall in the number of new affordable homes for social rent under the Conservatives.
‘We are now building over 30,000 fewer social rented homes a year than when Labour left office in 2010. At this pace, it will take 170 years just to house the families currently on councils’ waiting lists.
‘After eight years of failure on housing, the next Labour government will build a million low-cost homes, the majority for social rent.’