OUTPUT OF AFFORDABLE HOMES this year will still be lower than the number Labour achieved in its first year in office, housing minister Yvetter Cooper confirmed in a parliamentary written answer yesterday. The total in 2014/08 is forecast to be 47,263 compared to 47,269 in 1997/98. Output in 1996/97,Read More →

The rate of housebuilding in the Thames Gateway needs to double if the government is to meet its target of 160,000 homes by 2016, according to a critical report by the National Audit Office. The NAO says building rates are rising more slowly than in the rest of theRead More →

David Orr, chief executive of the National Housing Federation has provided details of how his organisation plans to meet the prime minister’s target of 3 million new homes to be built by 2020. He believes that housing associations will need to deliver about one million homes, delivering after 2012Read More →

Britain is set to move out of recession and record growth in GDP of 0.5 per cent in the current quarter, the Institute of Chartered Accounts in England and Wales will say this morning. The ICAEW’s business confidence monitor shows confidence among professionals has turned positive for the firstRead More →

New private house starts are at a 50-year low after orders in the three months to August 2015 fell 33 per cent compared with the previous three months, and 48 per cent year-on-year, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics. Public housing and housing association orders inRead More →

A two-year investigation by the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Local Government Association, whose conclusions will be released next week, has found that immigrants were not jumping to the front of queues for public services, although the belief was widespread. The majority of new migrants (60 perRead More →

Figures out today also reveal that the number of housing starts is down 40 per cent on the government’s target of 240,000 new homes to be built annually until 2016. Starts fell to a 30-year low with only 105,000 registered for the year – down 37 per cent onRead More →