Thursday, 20 August 2015

Housing starts down

Shelter has described figures showing showing a drop in new homes started as shocking and worrying.

But the housing minister, Brandon Lewis, said the government had "got the country building again" and was "delivering the homes that hard-working people rightly deserve".

Shelter's concern arose from official housing statistics for England which showed the number of foundations laid down fell to 33,280 in the three months to June, a fall of 14% compared with the previous quarter.

The annual figure, comparing the latest 12 months to the year before, was 1% lower at 136,320.

However, the figures also show that the number of new homes actually completed over the latest 12 month period rose by 15% to 131,060.

The National Housing Federation, which represents housing associations, said the news was encouraging.

Before the election David Cameron predicted that we would be building 200,000 homes a year by 2017.

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