EM podium Housing Summit

Social Housing Construction Report Q1

Posted August 1st, 2018

Last week I published the Quarter 1 2018 Social Housing Construction Projects Status Report, which sets out the continuing progress being made in advancing the national Local Authority and Approved Housing Body new-build pipeline. We also published the overall social housing delivery across all programmes for Quarter 1 2018, broken down on a local authority basis and tracked against 2018 targets. Key points of note:

– At the end of Q1 2018, some 6,146 additional housing solutions had been provided across all local authorities in the quarter.

– On the construction side, 3,932, were under construction at end Q1 2018; and some 1,989 homes had been approved and were about to go on site.

– The full programme listed in the report now includes 930 schemes (or phases), delivering 14,813 homes – a very substantial increase on the 10,072 homes which were in the programme at the end of the same quarter last year.

Earlier this year I committed to creating more transparency around local authority targets and delivery, and in April I published the full list of targets broken down by local authority.

What’s encouraging about this is that the first quarter is typically the lowest quarter of activity in the year because our building programme is managed towards an uptake in delivery as we move towards the end of the year. We see this when we look back at 2016 and 2017. This is on track to happen in 2018 also.

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