NEW NAO STATISTICS CONFIRMS NEED FOR HOUSING IN ENGLAND HAS GROWN
- 19 Jan
Labour has cited new statistics from the National Audit Office confirming the need for housing in England has grown faster than its supply.
David Cameron had announced the million homes target which was confirmed by Minister Brandon Lewis, the housing minister, in September 2015.
The National Audit Office inspectors have recently found that Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has:
- Adjusted the time from May 2020 to the end of the year
- Criticised the fact that "the Department does not set out that its timescale for adding one million homes is to be achieved over five years and nine months."
- Counter-claimed that house building had reached its highest level in eight years with the decline in home ownership halted - as the NAO data show - the number of first-time buyers up 75% since 2008
The DCLG said the following in a statement:
"We've got the country building again with nearly 900,000 homes delivered and helped more than 362,000 households to buy a home since 2010.
"We know there's more to do - that's why we're investing more than £25bn in housing and have the largest affordable housing programme of any government since the 1970's.
"Ministers will set out further plans to boost housebuilding in our Housing White Paper."
John Healey MP, shadow housing secretary responded to the NAO statistics and expressed his worries about ministers not being straight with the public - while representing a "damning revelation" after "seven years of failure".
The NAO estimated government spendings and projections as follows:
- Approximately £28bn in 2015-16 on housing in England
- 4.1 million costing around £20.9bn with 4.1 million claimants of housing benefit
- Housebuilding has not kept pace with need, and this is acute in London
- There will be at least 227,000 new households formed each year between 2011 and 2021
- The above is higher than the annual average of 166,000 extra homes in England over the last 10 years
- 174,000 net additions of the government's new homes, will need to be made each year for the 2020 ambition to be achieved
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