Published: 23rd Nov 2018

The Government has released its latest housebuilding figures, which reveal just 6,463 homes were built for social rent in England during 2017-18. The numbers have been criticised by Labour’s housing spokesman John Healey, who said if the Government continue at this pace of housebuilding it will take 170 years to house the 1.25 million people currently on council waiting lists. There are 30,000 fewer social rented homes being built a year than when the party left office in 2010 with the party pledging to build a million low-cost homes should they get into power, with the ‘majority’ for social rent. In total there were 222,000 new homes built during the same period, which Communities Secretary James Brokenshire praised as ‘great news.’ ‘But we are determined to do more to keep us on track to deliver the homes communities need,’ he added. There were 47,355 ‘affordable’ homes delivered in 2017-18, which the … (To read the full article, subscribe below)