Getting the figures wrong – again!


Official figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government showed that 118,760 homes were completed during the year [2014], 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.

https://www.theguardian.com/money/2015/feb/19/new-build-houses-falls-short-despite-small-increase

But using these figures is misleading as new build does not account for all additions to the housing stock.

Other additions include – change of use and conversions.

And if we include these we find that there were an additional 136,000 dwellings in 2014.

Source: DCLG, Table 125: Dwelling stock estimates by local authority district: 2001 – 2015.

Oh and by the way the 250,000 figure quoted by ‘experts? Its based upon some dubious assertions and flawed data!

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