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.”