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NHBC response to Ed Miliband's pledge to boost house building

Following reports that Ed Miliband will pledge new measures to boost the house building industry, NHBC Chief Executive, Mike Quinton, responded.

NHBC Chief Executive Mike Quinton said:

"We welcome Ed Miliband's commitment to support the UK house building industry. Despite encouraging signs this year of a broad based recovery, there remains a critical shortage of new homes being built.

"Labour is right to focus on policies that will support the building of more new high quality homes and NHBC will work with all Parties to develop good housing policy. However, there is still some way to go before house building returns to pre-recession levels.

"Our figures show that 122,288 new homes were registered in the last 12 months from August 2012 to July 2013 - less than half the numbers this country needs."

NHBC UK statistics for April - June 2013 show that:

For the rolling quarter April - June 2013 the number of registrations was 35,683, a 38% increase on the same period last year (25,798). Of these:

  • Private sector registrations in April - June 2013 increased by 29% (25,209), compared with the same period last year (19,526).
  • Public sector registrations in April - June 2013 increased by 67% (10,474) when compared with the same period a year ago (6,272).

Full regional breakdown of total new homes registered April - June 2013 by region/country:

Region

April - June 2013

April - June  2012

England - Regions

 

 

North East

1,674

809

North West

2,324

2,097

Merseyside

423

391

Yorkshire & the Humber

1,636

1,536

West Midlands

2,848

1,992

East Midlands

2,693

2,202

Eastern

3,888

2,883

South West

3,911

2,616

Greater London

7,824

3,297

South East

4,355

4,335

Totals for England

31,576

22,158

Scotland - Councils

2,611

1,966

Wales - Unitary Authorities

848

1,201

Northern Ireland - Counties

623

447

Isle of Man

25

26

Totals for UK

35,683

25,798

Further information and charts:

NHBC Q2 2013 statistics

Media contact at NHBC

Nadia Bedra or James Hall
nbedra@nhbc.co.uk, 01908 746 734
jhall@nhbc.co.uk, 01908 746 738

News Date: 24/09/13