89% of local authorities built zero council homes in 2021

89% of local authorities built zero council homes in 2021

14:30 PM, 9th February 2022, About A year ago 3

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Using the most recently published data by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Admiral Home Insurance analysed which parts of England have seen the most and the fewest new homes being built.

With a shortage of housing for many years in England, and unaffordability continuing to be a neglected issue, Admiral’s analysis reveals that 89% of local authorities failed to complete a single new-build council home by Q3 of 2021.

Other key findings:

Newcastle upon Tyne is the local authority that built the most council homes in England with 160 homes finished by Q3 of 2021, followed by the London Borough of Redbridge with 110 builds and Reading Council in South East England with 90 new council homes.

Wigan is the local authority that saw the biggest decrease in council homes between 2020 and 2021 with 80 council homes built in 2020, and zero in 2021. The South East region saw the biggest increase of new homes in 2021.

In 2021, 28 local authorities, an equivalent of only 9%, started building council homes. Birmingham, in the West Midlands region, is the city with the most council homes started in 2021 with 230 homes, followed by Reading (150 homes) and Barking and Dagenham, in East London (120 homes).

Across all types of housing, nearly 3 in 4 local authorities have built more homes than last year. The local authority with the most homes completed in 2021 is Tower Hamlets in London, followed by Southwark and the Wiltshire Council in South West England.

On the contrary, the local authorities with zero private homes completed in 2021 are Gosport Borough Council, The City of London and Stevenage Council.

The local authorities that built the least council homes in England between 2020-2021 and its decrease

The South East region saw the biggest increase of new homes in 2021.

Rank Region Local authorities or unitary authorities 2020 Total Built 2021 Total Built 2021 VS 2021 Difference
1 North West Wigan 80 0 -80
2 West Midlands Sandwell 70 0 -70
3 West Midlands Wolverhampton 70 40 -30
4 South East Waverley 30 0 -30
5 London Greenwich 30 0 -30
6 Yorkshire and The Humber York UA 20 0 -20
7 West Midlands Dudley 40 20 -20
8 South East Thanet 20 0 -20
9 London Waltham Forest 20 0 -20
10 East of England Luton UA 20 0 -20

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16:03 PM, 9th February 2022, About A year ago

Government can say landlord should donate the property to the tenant.

E M Gordon

11:26 AM, 10th February 2022, About A year ago

And Cheltenham & the South West?

Old Mrs Landlord

18:35 PM, 10th February 2022, About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by Elisabeth Gordon at 10/02/2022 - 11:26Elisabeth, surely you know the South West is completely off government radar? Areas with some of the highest house prices but the lowest earnings in the country, not to mention abysmal transport and communications services, never even get a mention on the levelling up agenda. The South West has no equivalent of the 'red wall' constituencies - what a coincidence!

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