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57,485 affordable homes delivered but only 6,287 for social rent 28/11/2019 Labelled as Rent, Development, Scrutiny

Latest figures from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) show that 57,485 affordable homes were completed in England in the period between April 2018 and March 2019. Although this represents an increase of 22% compared to the previous year, only 6,287 of those homes were for social rent.


Only 66% of new affordable homes in 2018/19 were provided for rent (including social, affordable and intermediate rent) and the percentage of affordable homes provided for rent has been decreasing since 2014/15 when it was 78%.


Of the 57,485 affordable homes completed in 2018/19:


  • 6,287 were for Social Rent
  • 1,002 were for London Affordable Rent
  • 29,135 were for Affordable Rent
  • 1,401 were for Intermediate Rent
  • 17,024 were for Shared Ownership
  • 2,603 were for Affordable Home Ownership
  • 33 were of unknown tenure


Nearly half (49%) of all affordable homes delivered in 2018/19 were funded through Section 106 Planning Agreements with developers.

Read the full statistical release

ARCH Chief Executive John Bibby comments:


"Despite an increase in the total number of affordable homes provided, the fact that only 2/3rds are for rent and only just over 10% are for social rent will be of little comfort to the 1.1 million people on council housing waiting lists or the growing number of homeless households living in temporary accommodation.


For so long as the supply of social rented housing continues to dwindle the fact is that allocation of social housing will continue to be "rationed" and will continue to be allocated only to the poorest in society and those in desperate housing need.


This will sadly but inevitable lead to the media and some members of the public concluding that social housing is in fact nothing more than "welfare housing" and will do little to tackle the stigma identified in the Social Housing Green Paper.


We need to continue to make the case for an expansion of the social rented housing building programme and get back to the original status that social housing had under the Addison Act and build homes fit for the heroes of today the nurses, care workers, shop workers, lorry drivers who can't afford to buy and who are struggling to afford private rents or even in some cases so called "affordable rents" charged at up to 80% of local market rents)


We also need to build more supported housing at social rents to help tackle homelessness and rough sleeping and more specialist housing for the elderly for an ageing population to help take the pressure off the care system."


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