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Welsh Government set to exceed ambitious 10,000 affordable homes target

This press release was published under the 2011 - 2016 Welsh government

Figures out today reveal the Welsh Government has already achieved 91% of its target to provide 10,000 additional affordable homes this Assembly term, with over a year to go.
Wednesday 21 October 2015

In 2014-15, 2,218 affordable homes were delivered across Wales, bringing the total number provided since 2011 to 9,108. The data is a clear signal the Welsh Government is on track to well surpass its ambitious target by May 2016.

Welsh Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) delivered 89% of the additional affordable housing in 2014/15 (1,971 units), while 563 of the homes were built on land made available by the public sector.

The Welsh Government is investing over £400 million through the Social Housing Grant (SHG) programme during this Assembly term to increase the supply of affordable housing and support the Welsh economy through the creation of construction jobs and apprenticeships.

Minister with responsibility for housing, Lesley Griffiths, said:

"Boosting housing supply not only creates much-needed homes, but also provides jobs and training opportunities in the construction industry. This is why, at the start of this term of Government, we made a clear commitment to the people of Wales to increase affordable housing across the county. I am delighted today’s statistics reveal we are well on course to deliver on this key commitment.

"It is a huge achievement to have already reached 91% of our target of providing 10,000 additional affordable homes with a year still to go. However, we are not resting on our laurels.

"We will continue to work closely with our partners across the sector, who have shown such commitment and determination to increasing housing supply, to ensure the people of Wales have access to the homes they need."

The Welsh Government is committed to increasing housing supply across all tenures, and recently signed a pact with the Home Builders Federation to increase the availability of market housing in Wales.

Figures released in September revealed a continuing positive trend in house building in Wales, with 6,955 new homes started during 2014-15 – a 20% increase on the previous year and the highest number recorded since 2007-08.

The Minister added:

"Today’s affordable housing statistics, which come on top of positive homebuilding data, are further proof the housing sector in Wales is truly on the up."



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