Figures on how many houses have been built in England are frequently bandied about, invariably to support more house building.
But, are the figures used correct?
Official figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government showed that 118,760 homes were completed during the year, an increase of 8% on the previous year but far below the 250,000 most experts say are needed to begin to tackle the country’s housing crisis.
Analysis of DCLG data – table LT 125 gives a figure of an increase in housing stock of 125,000 in 2013 and 136,000 in 2014. We assume that the Guardian is using figures for 2014. If so the actual build figures were 14% higher!
A case of deliberately using the wrong figures or not understanding them?