Social housing numbers falling but signs of promise in private sector

However, comparison against March – May 2011 is affected by the registration of approximately 2,800 London Olympic Village properties (split equally between the private and public sectors) during this period.  With these units taken out of the equation there was actually an increase of 5% within the private sector during this quarter and 33% decrease in the public sector.

Several regions did however experience overall growth over the last three months across, including the West Midlands (2,271 in 2012 – 1,879 in 2011) and Wales (1,286 in 2012 – 750 in 2011).

Commenting on the latest figures, Richard Tamayo, NHBC Commercial Director said: "Our registration statistics continue to show a divide between the direction of travel for private and public sector registrations in the UK – with social housing levels falling but slight increases in the private sector.

"It is clear the Government is maintaining its focus on increasing housing levels, as seen by Vince CabIe’s recent housing crisis summit with Grant Shapps. It is critical that we also continue to monitor initiatives such as the NewBuy scheme to assess their success in increasing the number of new homes built across the UK."

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