Official figures show an increase in the number of affordable homes delivered in 2018-19, however property and construction consultancy McBains say the number is still “way under the numbers needed” to solve the housing crisis.
According to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, the Affordable Housing Supply: April 2018 to March 2019 figures for England show that there were 57,485 affordable homes delivered in England in 2018-19, an increase of 22% compared to the previous year.
But commenting on the new figures, Clive Docwra, managing director of leading property and construction consultancy McBains, said: “Today’s figures will no doubt be seen in some quarters as a progression in that more affordable homes are being built.
“But the fact is that around three million homes need to be built in the next two decades to meet the housing crisis. The government has singularly failed to build anywhere near enough homes.”
He added: “Earlier this month, for example, a report from the National Audit Office found that a government pledge to build 200,000 new starter homes for first time buyers in England had failed to produce a single property.
“We need to see the major parties make strong policy commitments to boost the housebuilding programme, which is failing to deliver the number of homes required to meet the housing shortage.”