The council says affordable housing is a “high priority” after new figures revealed that new homes are not being built fast enough across the country. The town hall’s announcement came in the wake of new findings that dwellings are appearing across Wigan at 83 per cent of what a government assessment estimated the area should need. The average amount of homes being built between 2007/08 and 2016/17 was 829 per annum, just beneath the government target of 992 and the council’s own goal of 975. This includes both new builds and other additions such as conversion of existing buildings. The results were fairly similar for the region. Bolton built 69 per cent of homes it was estimates to need over the same period. Salford reached 84 per cent, while St Helens was 76 per cent on target. The analysis by the BBC’s Shared Data Unit revealed that a decade after the recession, less than one in five areas of England are building enough homes every year at a pace to meet the Government’s medium to long-term housing need estimates. The majority of areas have still not got back to supplying new homes at the same rates they were before the economic crash.
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