English housebuilding at decade high, DCLG figures show

New figures released by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has said the number of new homes being built in England is at its highest level for ten years.

The DCLG said cited that 162,880 homes were started in 2016/17, with 147,960 completed, representing the highest number of new builds since the start of the financial crisis in 2007/08.

However, housing charity Shelter has warned the numbers were still about 100,000 short of what was needed.

Anne Baxendale of Shelter commented: “While it's certainly positive to see a rise in house-building, we should be under no illusion that these figures are still pitifully low.

"Even with this slight lift, we're still falling well short of the 250,000 homes a year we need to ease the burden of the housing crisis."

The latest figures on house-building in Scotland has shown that 16,870 new homes were built in the year to September 2016, a decline of five per cent on the previous year.

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