Permanent Secretary at the Department for Communities and Local Government Sir Bob Kerslake said:
I am disappointed by today’s report and have some significant disagreements with its findings. We have made very clear that our review of the New Homes Bonus is underway and the groundwork will be completed by Easter 2014 as we have always promised.
The whole point of the New Homes Bonus - which the committee fails to recognise - is to recognise housing growth where it occurs, with money going where those homes are needed most. That’s why we’ve committed £1.2 billion over 5 years towards this scheme, which the National Audit Office itself found has the potential to deliver up to 100,000 additional homes over 10 years.