Government organisations reveal housing statistics

Thu 27th November 2014, 9:46 am

Government organisations, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), have published new housing statistics.

DCLG announced 700,000 new homes have been built since 2009, including 217,000 affordable homes.

Between July and September this year, 2,845 council-owned properties were sold under Right to Buy, a third of which were in London boroughs.

HCA announced 14,176 homes have been completed through programmes run by the body between 1 April and 30 September of this year.

A further 13,040 homes have started in that period and are currently on site.

Housing minister, Brandon Lewis, said: "There are now 700,000 more homes in England than there were in 2009, house building is up 16% compared to last year, hard-working tenants are taking up their Right to Buy and the numbers of empty homes are now at a 10-year low."

HCA chief executive, Andy Rose, said: "Delivery to date demonstrates that we are on track to meet our forecasts across the range of our programmes, which are helping to support the housing ambitions of local places and communities, and delivering our contribution to government’s aspiration of 170,000 new affordable homes by 2015."

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