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Housing Starts

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of houses to be built each year until 2020 to attain her Department's target for three million new houses by that date; what progress has been made on that target; what proportion of such houses will be (a) council housing, (b) registered social landlord housing, (c) affordable housing, (d) private housing and (e) buy to let housing; how much Government funding will be required each year to build (i) council housing, (ii) registered social landlord housing and (iii) affordable housing to meet that target; and what estimate she has made of the number of houses which will be built in each category in (A) 2008-09, (B) 2009-10 and (C) 2010-11 to meet that target. (234344)

The Government set the overall strategy for housing supply in England. In 2006-07 199,200 additional homes were delivered. Housing starts in 2007-08 were 10 per cent. lower than in 2006-07 and this is likely to be reflected in lower levels of housing completions during 2008-09.

The Housing Green Paper ‘Homes for the Future: more affordable, more sustainable’ (CM 7191), published in July 2007, announced an increase of new affordable housing to at least 70,000 per annum by 2010-11, to be delivered mainly through the Housing Corporation's National Affordable Housing Programme. Of these, 45,000 homes will be for social rent, an increase of 50 per cent. on 2007-08, with a goal to go further to 50,000 new homes for social rent in the next spending review period.

The Government do not publish forecasts for private house building or estimates of the levels of house building for registered social landlords or local authorities.

The Government are investing £8 billion in the provision of affordable housing over the three years 2008-11, initially through the Housing Corporation and then through the Homes and Communities Agency. Our aspiration is to reach 70,000 affordable homes a year by 2010-11. It remains too early, given current market conditions, to predict outputs in that year, or the intervening years, with certainty.

Funds available for affordable housing from 2011-12 will be subject to decisions made at the next spending review.