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More affordable homes built in Bradford in last year, new figures show

A housing development <i>(Image: Joe Giddens/PA)</i>
A housing development (Image: Joe Giddens/PA)

MORE affordable homes were built in Bradford this year as numbers rose across England, new data shows.

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities figures show 235 affordable homes were completed in Bradford in 2022-23 – up from 149 during the same period the year before.

More than 63,000 affordable homes were delivered across the country as of March 2023 – the highest number since 2014-15.

But experts said this is still inadequate.

Luke Murphy, associate director at think tank the Institute for Public Policy Research, said: "While it's positive to see the overall number of affordable homes being built rise, it is still far short of adequate and the number of genuinely affordable homes built – those for social rent – remain at historically low levels.

"We need a far more ambitious house building agenda, which must include planning reform and a significant increase in public investment in genuinely affordable housing."

A Government spokesperson said: "We are already investing in more affordable and social homes, and since 2010 have delivered over 684,800 new affordable homes, including over 171,100 homes for social rent.

"Our £11.5billion Affordable Homes Programme will deliver thousands of affordable homes for both rent and to buy right across the country."