Affordable housing includes social rented, affordable rented and intermediate housing, provided to specified eligible households whose needs are not met by the market. It can be a new-build property or a private sector property that has been purchased for use as an affordable home.
We publish annual statistics on affordable housing supply in England. These show the gross annual supply of affordable homes, which includes new build and acquisitions from the private sector but does not take account of losses through demolitions or sales.
HCA affordable housing statistics
Information on the number of affordable homes delivered under the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) affordable housing programmes is also published twice a year, normally in June and November.
The objective of the HCA statistics is to report on affordable housing delivered through its programmes, while the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)’s statistics aim to provide a complete picture on affordable housing delivered, irrespective of funding mechanism. While delivery through the HCA accounts for the majority of affordable housing supply, the scope of the statistics reported is wider than the HCA figures.
From April 2012, the Mayor of London has had strategic oversight of housing, regeneration and economic development in London. This means that the HCA no longer publish affordable housing starts and completions for London and this responsibility has been taken over by the Greater London Authority (GLA).
Combined HCA and GLA affordable housing statistics
DCLG combines data from the HCA and the GLA to publish 6-monthly affordable housing starts and completions delivered nationally under the affordable housing programmes of the HCA and GLA. These statistics are published in live table 1012.
DCLG are interested in understanding more about how our housing statistics and data are used and the decisions they inform. This is important for us so we can provide a high quality service which meets users’ needs.