Grant schemes in the UK that led to the construction of 54,000 affordable homes were started last year, the highest number in a data set stretching back to 2009.
Data released by the government today shows started under programs run by Homes England and the Greater London Authority (GLA) reached 54,364, up 16.7% year-on-year.
The previous high of 53,917 was set in 2009-2010, the year this data was first collected.
But while 39,492 (73%) of all homes started that year were social rentals, this year’s figure was only 6,380 rentals (11.7%).
Stats list 17,539 (32%) as ‘unknown’ tenure. These homes were built under a strategic partnership agreement, with a deadline yet to be finalized.
A total of 17.6% of the remaining homes are jointly owned, while 34.7% are for higher affordable rents or affordable rental schemes in London.
While the figures are the highest in this particular dataset, they are still far below historical records. Councils regularly built more than 100,000 homes per year during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.
Figures from Homes England, the body that controls shows outside of London, show it accounted for 28,457 starts – a modest increase from 27,707 the year before.
This means the increase is driven by the GLA, the new affordable housing fund in the capital and allocated by Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London’s Labor.
The total number of homes completed under government funding programs was 38,169, the highest since 2014-15, when 58,739 affordable homes were completed.
The number of completed social rentals increased to 4,792, significantly slower than in 2010-11, when 37,321 social rentals were completed, but a sharp increase from the 2018-19 low, when only There are 1,036 such houses built.
Michael Gove, housing secretary, said: “My focus is on building truly more affordable homes, so that everyone has access to high quality, affordable housing.
“Today, I am pleased to announce that we have had a record year for affordable housing, with more than 54,000 homes breaking ground last year.
“This builds on our good progress to date, with over two million homes built since 2010. We are continuing to offer more affordable homes for us to have. able to move families up the housing ladder and provide for communities across the country.”
Figures released by the Scottish government today show the number of completed affordable homes has increased by 7%, to 10,458. This is the highest number since 2000.
The figures show a 10% increase in the number of homes completed for social rental and a 20% increase in the number of properties built for other affordable rental terms.