Government will miss affordable homes target

However, the government has confirmed it has dropped its affordable house building target from 70,000 to 55,000 a year in the next two years, despite the additional funding, as it is now paying ‘more of the cost per house’ due to the huge reduction in section 106 agreements and other forms of private investment. The government expects to complete 55,500 affordable homes this year and 56,450 in 2017/11, but only 13,500 a year will be for social rent rather than the 45,000 out of 70,000 homes originally planned. Communities and Local Government refused to provide a regional breakdown of the reduced targets.