Report claims waiting lists to grow and new builds to fall
Social housing waiting lists will get much worse within the next two years as the government’s affordable housing scheme will see starts drop by more than a third, a report warns.
The Construction Products Association – an organisation working for the benefit of the construction products industry - said that a switch from standard social housing to the private provision of affordable housing would mean starts fall be 39 per cent by 2013.
According to the report, construction industry forecasts 2011-2015, there were 27,453 public housing starts in 2010. By 2013 this figure is expected to drop to 16,800.
Completions are also predicted to fall with the 27,780 total in 2010 expected to drop to 16,700 by 2013.
The report says: ‘Public housing starts are expected to fall 39 per cent by 2013 as the government focuses on the private provision of ‘affordable’ housing rather than ‘social’ housing and this will only exacerbate an increasingly long social housing waiting list.’
The report also blames a move towards localism for the predicted fall in social housing starts.
The outlook is different in the private market with 98,178 starts in 2010 and 122,900 predicted for 2013.