Report show a drop of 9% in the number of homes being built compared to last quarter
The number of homes being built and completed dropped 9% last quarter the biggest drop in a decade figures from the latest DCLG show with 32,950 homes being built.
It highlighted the need to address England’s housing shortage, 140,180 were completed in 2015/16, a year on year increase of 13%, but still nowhere near the 250,000 needed and still 32% below their level in March 2007.
Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter, said: “The government has promised to build a million homes by 2020, yet these figures show one of the biggest quarterly falls in the number of homes built that we’ve seen for a decade. We’re still only building a little over half the homes we need each year and it’s simply not good enough.
“Our drastic shortage of homes has pushed millions of people into expensive and unstable private renting, shelling out vast amounts of their income on rent and watching the dream of a home of their own slip further out of reach. And at the sharp end of the crisis, more and more families are languishing in temporary accommodation or on waiting lists, unable to build a future in a home they can afford.
“After six years and a Housing Bill that does little to tackle the underlying cause of our housing crisis, the government needs to get on the side of people on typical incomes. Rather than schemes like Starter Homes which only help higher earners, it’s time they commit to building homes for ordinary people.”
John Healey MP, Labour’s shadow secretary of state for housing and planning, said: “These are deeply disappointing house-building figures.
“After six years of failure on housing on all fronts under the Tories, house-building needs to be increasing, but these figures show that in recent months the number of homes being built has actually fallen.
“Ultimately what matters to hard-pressed families is how expensive housing costs have become, and this continued failure to build the number of homes the country needs will make the housing pressures people face even worse.
“Ministers aren’t just failing on building the number of homes we need – they’re failing on providing the right types of homes too. Their extreme and short-sighted housing plans are failing young people and families on ordinary incomes by choking off thousands of genuinely affordable homes to rent and buy at a time when they’ve never been needed more.
“After six years of failure, it’s clear this government has no long-term plan for housing.”