Affordable Housing Supply up to end June 2016
Affordable Housing Supply Programme ( AHSP) statistics reflect the broader supply of affordable homes (i.e. for social rent, affordable rent and affordable home ownership) and include off the shelf purchases and rehabilitations as well as new build. The social rent new build element of this covers largely the same houses referred to in the social sector new build section of this report. Statistics for the AHSP are available up to the end of June 2016. As a result they have been presented here for the year to end June. This differs from the figures in much of the remainder of this report which cover years to end March.
Changes in the funding programme in 2011 and 2012 impacted on the timing of affordable housing activity as well as the level of activity and this should be borne in mind when making comparisons over time.
Approvals, starts and completions are all measured for the AHSP. Approval is the point at which funding is granted and, along with completion, is a significant part of the administration process meaning that the data should be of good quality. Starts meanwhile can be recorded at any point in the development, for example when site clearance begins or any point up to the beginning of ground works for foundations. As a result approvals are generally deemed a better measure than starts for AHSP data.
Social Rent includes Housing Association Rent, Council House Rent as well as Home Owner Support Fund Rent
Affordable Rent includes Mid-Market Rent ( MMR), National Housing Trust ( NHT) Rent as well as other programmes such as the Empty Homes Loan Fund ( EHLF) and Rural Homes for Rent ( RHfR)
Affordable Home Ownership includes Open Market Shared Equity ( OMSE), New Supply Shared Equity ( NSSE), Shared Ownership ( LCHO) as well as other programmes such as Home Owner Support Fund Shared Equity.
Chart 10: Annual Affordable Housing Supply Programme (AHSP) approvals and completions, years to end June, 2006 to 2016
A total of 1,526 affordable homes were completed in the quarter between April and June 2016, a 28% increase, or 332 more homes, than the same quarter last year. This brings the total for the year to end June 2016 to 6,850, up 1% on the 6,796 completions in the previous year.
Between April and June 2016 a total of 1,046 affordable homes were approved. This is 122 (13%) more than in the same quarter in the previous year. It brings the total for the year to end June 2016 to 8,067 approvals, up 26% on the previous year.
Chart 12a: AHSP Completions, years to end June, 2006 to 2016
There were 1,534 affordable homes started in the quarter between April and June 2016, a 16% increase, or 216 more homes than the same quarter last year. This brings the total for the year to end June 2016 to 7,898, up 22% on the 6,473 starts in the previous year
Chart 12a above shows that in 2016 (year to end June), total affordable housing supply programme completions have been fairly stable across the years 2014 to 2016. In the latest year social rent completions have accounted for 60% of all completions, with affordable rent and affordable home ownership making up 14% and 26% of the total, respectively.
Quarterly affordable housing supply statistics will be used to inform the Scottish Government target to deliver 50,000 affordable homes, including 35,000 homes for social rent, over the period 2016/17 to 2020/21.
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