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Apr 28, 2017 - comes into the calculations, as they do their Green Book analysis for example, we are still not necessarily prioritised as much as you would expect, given the overall priority to build homes for the Government as a whole. What has happened is that the Treasury has given us additional funding to help unlock ...
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House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts

Housing: State of the Nation Sixty-third Report of Session 2016–17 Report, together with formal minutes relating to the report Ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 24 April 2017

HC 958

Published on 28 April 2017 by authority of the House of Commons

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Meg Hillier MP (Labour (Co-op), Hackney South and Shoreditch) (Chair) Mr Richard Bacon MP (Conservative, South Norfolk) Philip Boswell MP (Scottish National Party, Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill) Charlie Elphicke MP (Conservative, Dover) Chris Evans MP (Labour (Co-op), Islwyn) Caroline Flint MP (Labour, Don Valley) Kevin Foster MP (Conservative, Torbay) Simon Kirby MP (Conservative, Brighton, Kemptown) Kwasi Kwarteng MP (Conservative, Spelthorne) Nigel Mills MP (Conservative, Amber Valley) Anne Marie Morris MP (Conservative, Newton Abbot) Bridget Phillipson MP (Labour, Houghton and Sunderland South) John Pugh MP (Liberal Democrat, Southport) Karin Smyth MP (Labour, Bristol South) Mrs Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP (Conservative, Berwick-upon-Tweed) Powers

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  Housing: State of the Nation 


Contents Summary




Conclusions and recommendations



The ‘housing gap’ in England


The Department’s ambitions for housebuilding


Reliance on a “broken” housing market



Transparency of the Department’s housebuilding objectives


Getting more out of spending on housing benefit


Housing benefit and the construction of new homes


Subsidising poor quality housing in the private rented sector


Formal Minutes




Published written evidence


List of Reports from the Committee during the current session


  Housing: State of the Nation 


Summary The number of homes built in England has lagged behind demand for housing for decades. The effects of this long-running shortfall in housing reveal themselves in the growing barriers people face in getting on the property ladder, or simply affording their rent. The human costs a re emphasised by the g rowing problem of homelessness, with the number of families living in temporary accommodation rising from 50,000 in 2011–12 to 72,000 in 2015–16. Almost 120,000 children in England live in temporary accommodation today. The Department for Comm