Data Check - HCA-funded affordable housing starts, April to September 2011

Construction began on fewer than 500 affordable homes funded by the government's housing and regeneration quango in the last six months - a drop of 99 per cent on the previous six month period.

According to statistics published by the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA), there were just 454 HCA-funded affordable housing starts between April and September this year, compared with 35,735 in the preceding six months. These starts comprised 222 under the agency's Property and Regeneration Programme, 207 from the National Affordable Housing Programme and 25 from Kickstart.

Housing minister Grant Shapps has attributed the dramatic fall in affordable housing starts to a hiatus caused by switching funding programmes for the sector. The starts were concentrated in the West Midlands (187) and South East (141).

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