National Statistics

Housing statistics 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015

These statistics present the housing starts on site and housing completions delivered by the Homes and Communities Agency between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2015.

Documents

Housing statistics June 2015

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Housing statistics tables June 2015

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Housing statistics tables June 2015

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Pre-release access list June 2015

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Detail

The latest release on the supply of homes delivered by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) in England, excluding London except for delivery of programmes managed by the HCA on behalf of the Greater London Authority, were published on Tuesday 16 June 2015.

The key points were:

  • There were 35,503 housing starts on site and 51,187 housing completions delivered through programmes managed by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) in England (excluding London for all programmes except those administered by the HCA on behalf of the Greater London Authority (GLA)) between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2015. The HCA manages the Help to Buy (Equity Loan) scheme in England but the completions are reported by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and are, therefore, excluded from this publication.
  • To ensure consistent reporting with completions, with effect from 1 April 2014 the range of products reported for affordable housing starts on site includes the start on site for new build homes where the procurement route is such that the provider purchases the home at completion. These have not been reported for historical years and have been excluded from year on year comparisons below to ensure that comparisons are on a like for like basis.
  • The majority (26,498 or 75 per cent) of the housing starts on site in 2014 to 2015 were for affordable homes. This represents a decrease of 19 per cent on the 32,833 affordable homes reported for 2013 to 2014. If the new build affordable homes purchased at completion (1,924) are excluded from the current period, this would represent a decrease of 25 per cent compared to last year on a like for like basis.
  • 21,879 affordable homes started in 2014 to 2015 were for affordable rent, a decrease of 20 per cent on 2013 to 2014 when new build homes purchased at completion (1,401) are excluded from the current year. A further 3,355 were for intermediate affordable housing schemes, including shared ownership. Excluding new build homes purchased at completion (384) from the current period this is a decrease of 37 per cent on 2013 to 2014. The remaining 1,264 were for social rent, a decrease of 57 per cent on 2013 to 2014 when new build homes purchased at completion (139) are excluded from the current period. Of the affordable homes started in 2014 to 2015, the Affordable Homes Guarantees Programme accounted for 39 per cent, the Affordable Homes Programme 2011 to 2015 for 29 per cent and the Affordable Homes Programme 2015 to 2018 for 22 per cent.
  • 41,312 or 81 per cent of housing completions (excluding Help to Buy) in 2014 to 2015 were for affordable homes. This represents an increase of 50 per cent on the 27,625 affordable homes completed in 2013 to 2014.
  • 31,053 affordable homes completed in 2014 to 2015 were for affordable rent, an increase of 82 per cent compared to 2013 to 2014. A further 7,120 were for intermediate affordable housing schemes, including shared ownership, an increase of 18 per cent on 2013 to 2014, and the remaining 3,139 were for social rent, a decrease of 30 per cent on 2013 to 2014. The Affordable Homes Programme 2011 to 2015 accounted for 88 per cent of the affordable homes completed in 2014 to 2015.

The Department for Communities and Local Government has combined the affordable housing statistics in this release with the Greater London Authority’s affordable housing statistics to produce affordable housing starts and completions for England.