Ministers must intervene to stop a prolonged dip in affordable housing supply

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It feels like we are on the cusp of a downturn in affordable housing delivery, but the government has the tools to prevent if from happening, argues Paul Hackett

Observers of affordable housing supply statistics would have had a keen eye on the latest refresh of figures in December. 

Would they signal the anticipated downturn in affordable housing supply? Or would they demonstrate resilience of output against a very challenging economic environment?

In the end they showed a bit of both. GLA-funded affordable starts were up an impressive 90% comparing the first two quarters of 2021/22 and 2022/23. But outside London, Homes England-funded affordable starts were down seven percent, perhaps a function of the transition from one Affordable Homes Programme to another.

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