CIH responds to new figures on affordable housing in England
Responding to new figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government showing that an additional 41,530 affordable homes were delivered in England in 2016-17, Chartered Institute of Housing head of policy Melanie Rees said: “It’s encouraging to see a 27 per cent increase in the number of affordable homes delivered in 2016/17. However, very few of them were for social rent, which is significantly cheaper than market rent and the only truly affordable option for many people on lower incomes.
“The number of new social rented homes has dropped again, and has collapsed from 39,560 in 2010/11 to just 5,380 in 2016/17.
“We desperately need more genuinely affordable homes to tackle our national housing crisis and address rising levels of homelessness. Theresa May’s recent announcement of an extra £2 billion investment was a very welcome first step, but we think the government can go further in rebalancing its housing budget away from the private sector towards affordable housing. Our analysis shows 80 per cent of the government’s housing budget to 2020/21 is targeted at the private market, with just 20 per cent going to affordable homes.”