Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) comment on the house-building statistics for England for January to March 2017. The latest figures were published by the Department for Communities and Local Government and can be found here.
Deputy chief executive Gavin Smart said: "We need a swift and significant increase in the number of new homes to get to grips with our national housing crisis, so it’s encouraging to see an increase in the number of homes built on both a quarterly and annual basis.
"However, we are still a long way from where we need to be. We know we need to build at least 250,000 homes a year in England to meet demand and these latest figures show just 147,960 were completed in the year to March.
"But it’s not just about building more homes, it’s about the kind of homes we build too. We need more homes across the spectrum – for home ownership, for private and social rent, and for shared ownership – and especially more affordable homes for people on lower incomes. We believe more investment is urgently needed in affordable homes to rent. In their General Election manifestos, all three major parties rightly recognised that we need an ambitious long-term plan to tackle our national housing crisis. Whoever wins the election, housing professionals across the country are ready to work with the new government on developing that plan and putting it into practice."