Affordable housing supply 2020 to 2021 – England

The DLUHC have published statistics on gross additional affordable housing supply in England. They show that:

  • There were 52,100 affordable homes delivered (completions) and 57,417 starts on site in England in 2020-21, decreases of 12 per cent and 16 per cent respectively when compared to the previous year.
  • In 2020-21, affordable housing for rent (including social, affordable and intermediate rent) represented around two-thirds of completions (65 per cent) and three out of five starts (59 per cent), similar to the previous year. These proportions compare to around three-quarters of both completions and starts in 2015-16 (77 per cent and 75 per cent, respectively).
  • Just under half (47 per cent) of all affordable homes delivered in 2020-21 were funded through section 106 (nil grant) agreements, compared to 51 per cent in the previous year.
  • 89 per cent of affordable homes delivered in England were new build and 11 per cent acquisitions. The proportion and number of acquisitions is the highest since 2014-15.

In its response to the figures, Shelter noted that between March 2020 and April 2021 “just one social home was built for every 195 households stuck on housing waiting lists.”

For the full statistics, click here. For tables showing the data organised according to various criteria, for example by local authority, click here. For Shelter’s response, click here.

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