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News 16/11/18: Net housing additions edge up to 222,000

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Net housing additions edge up to 222,000

housing news novemberA net total of 222,190 additional homes were delivered in 2017/18, official statistics show.

It marks a 2% increase on the 217,350 achieved in 2016/17.

The increase, revealed by statistics on net additional dwellings published today, would put the government well on track to meet its previous target of a million new homes between 2015 and 2020.

Under this target, the country would need to see 371,000 dwellings added in the next two years.

You can read the full article over at Inside Housing here.

Housing Minister visits Stafford after £100k boost for refuge

housing news novemberAnd as part of the visit, Heather Wheeler MP, the Minster for Housing and Homelessness, was shown around Staffordshire Women’s Aid refuge which has received national acclaim for its support for victims of domestic violence.

Stafford Borough Council was the first in the Midlands to reach the Government’s gold standard for work preventing homelessness and was singled out for praise in the House of Lords for its initiatives that saw rough sleeping halved over 12 months.

You can continue reading the full article over at the Express and Star.

Fix the housing crisis and save the high street at the same time

housing news novemberTwo “crises” have dominated the headlines in the last year.

The first is the pressure on housing, the challenges of the rental market, and the soaring cost of living, especially in big cities. The second is the so-called “death of the high street”, as shopping habits change and the retail sector struggles to keep up.

Let’s start with the latter. At the end of 2017, the UK’s retail market saw occupier demand drop for the third consecutive quarter, with a reported fall in demand from prospective tenants of 22 per cent to the lowest level since 2011. As a result, the retail sector was the only area of the UK market to see an increase in availability of leasable space.

Head over to City AM to read more.

Morning Briefing: Burnham unhappy with housing funding allocations

housing news novemberFigures from the North West have expressed dissatisfaction with the way housing funds favour the South, and the rest of the morning’s housing news

New data showing housing funding is weighted towards London and the South East has provoked an angry response from the North, including from Andy Burnham, mayor of Greater Manchester.

The figures are based on data from Homes England relating to the allocation of £7bn from the Housing Infrastructure Fund Forward Fund, the Estate Regeneration Fund, the Home Building Fund, the Small Sites Fund and the Land Assembly fund.

Head over to Inside Housing to read the full article.

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