263,000 affordable homes have been delivered since 2010

Posted 18 June 2015 by Stephen Maunder

New government figures show that 263,600 affordable homes have been delivered since April 2010, 60,000 of which were built in the last year alone. The data also shows that the government's Affordable Homes Programme has delivered 16,000 more afforable homes than originally planned since 2011. 

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis confirmed that work had already started on creating a further 275,000 homes with £38 billion public and private investment for the Affordable Homes Programme in the next 5 years.

Lewis said: "This government is determined to ensure anyone who works hard and aspires to own their own home should have the opportunity to turn their dream into a reality.Our affordable housebuilding efforts are exceeding our ambitions. It’s a boost to families across the country, providing them with new quality homes that are available at an affordable rent or to buy through our shared ownership scheme.

"This is real progress but we know there is more to do. That’s why £38 billion of public and private investment will be made available over the next 5 years to deliver 275,000 extra affordable homes – the fastest rate of delivery for 20 years. The Affordable Homes Programme includes social rented homes, affordable rented homes and affordable home ownership schemes, and is a key part of the government’s long-term economic plan."

Council areas with highest affordable home delivery:

  • Cornwall – 3,750
  • Birmingham – 3,460
  • Wiltshire – 3,420
  • Leeds – 2,360
  • Liverpool – 2,270
  • Manchester – 2,160

The new government housebuilding stats also show:

  • More than 570,000 new homes have been built since April 2010
  • Planning permission has been granted for 253,000 new homes in the last year to December
  • Housing starts are at their highest annual level since 2007
  • Housing construction orders have almost doubled since 2009
  • More council houses have been built since 2010 than in the previous 13 years
  • The number of empty homes across England is at the lowest rate since records began
  • The number of first-time buyers at a 7-year high

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