Newly released data has confirmed that in 2015-16, the number of affordable homes built in England fell to its lowest point in 24 years.
Figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) indicate that there were only 32,110 constructed, while in 2013-14 the amount came to 66,600. UKCW has confirmed that it will make affordable home construction a priority for 2017.
Ministers attributed the slowdown to the beginning of a new homebuilding cycle, pointing out that £8bn was being invested in affordable housing.
Labour claimed that the figures were dismal and that many homes classified as affordable actually were not.
The figures from the DCLG demonstrated that the number of new properties intended for social rent went down to a mere 6,550. Labour pointed out that this was 80% fewer homes than were built in 2009-10, which was the party’s last complete year in power.
The number of homes designated for private and affordable rent was 16,550, down from 40,730 the year before.