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Nearly 200,000 affordable homes built since 2010

New figures showing the rate of affordable housing construction have been welcomed by the housing minister as "a real success story".The figures reveal nearly 200,000 new affordable homes have been built since April 2010. There was a 15 per cent year-on-year rise in the number of such properties started in the 12 months to March 2014, taking the figure to 41,654.Housing minister Kris Hopkins said: "Our affordable housebuilding efforts are a clear success story, with nearly 200,000 new affordable homes delivered since April 2010."It means families from Newcastle to Newquay have new homes available to them, whether to rent at an affordable rate or to buy through our shared ownership schemes."Mr Hopkins went on to add that housebuilding is at its highest rate since 2007.Some 125,000 of the 170,000 homes planned through the affordable housing programme have now been delivered. The government is investing £9.5 billion of public money in this initiative.Since April 2010, the coalition has provided 445,000 new homes, whereas between 1997 and 2010 the number of social housing homes dropped by 420,000.A fifth of the affordable homes constructed last year, and a quarter of the total since 2010, were built in London. Large numbers have been provided in other areas, with 2,740 constructed in Birmingham, 2,690 in Cornwall and just under 2,000 in Leeds, Bristol and Manchester.The government has also highlighted the other programmes it has established to address the nation's housing shortage, with Help to Buy stimulating construction and the number of empty residential properties now at a ten-year low.Recent data showing the rise in the number of people living in overcrowded homes has indicated the scale of the task faced by the government, with millions more occupying a home along with at least five other people.Households with six or more occupants have risen by 25 per cent during the past ten years due to young couples living with their parents or older people living with their adult children. 

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