BBC Housing Briefing

BBC Briefing on Housing
A 185 page report on housing in the UK – see

Extract on Affordable Housing
The building rate is increasing, but only a small proportion of new dwellings are affordable (that is, housing subsidised by government or its agencies for people who cannot afford market rates). Despite 240,000 net additions in England in 2018-19, only 37,800 affordable homes were built
• It is more profitable for private housebuilders to construct higher-end properties than affordable homes
• Analysis by Shelter showed 79% fewer affordable homes were being built in England, with developers able to negotiate their way out of requirements under the planning system to meet affordability housing quotas