Housing: State of the Nation – April 2017

The need for housing in England has in recent years grown faster than its supply, and housebuilding needs to increase across the country according to the National Audit Office (NAO). The recent report from the NAO included an overview of the housing market in England, the Department for Communities and Local Government’s housing strategy and the overall housing policy landscape.

Total estimated government spending on housing in England was approximately £28 billion in 2015–16. The most significant element of this is housing benefit. In 2015–16 there were 4.1 million claimants in England, costing around £20.9 billion. Two of the Department’s four strategic objectives for this Parliament are focused on housing: increasing home ownership, and increasing the supply of homes, with an ambition of delivering a million new homes in England by 2020.

Read the full inquiry report here

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