The number of affordable homes built in England last year has been described as a “drop in the ocean” after showing a tiny one per cent rise.
A total of 57,644 affordable homes were completed between March 2019 and April 2020 according to figures from the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government. But while this represents a small increase on the 57,485 built in 2018/19 and remains far below the levels needed to tackle England’s housing crisis.
It is a similar story for social rent homes with 6,566 homes completed in the same period, up four per cent on the 6,338 built in 2018/19.
That figure is still the third lowest on record while 162 local authorities did not complete any social rent housing at all in the last year, including in Bolton, Liverpool, Hull and Nottingham.
Although social rent delivery has increased it's by just 228 homes and overall delivery remains at a pitiful 6,600.
For context there are around 280,000 people in temporary accomodation and more than a million on the social housing waiting list. 2/9
— Robin White (@robin_white13) December 3, 2020
Social rent homes are the type of homes most in demand after successive governments neglected to build them while council house waiting lists have continued to rise. Last month the Local Government Association warned that waiting lists will double to two million people following the impact of the pandemic.