In the latest three months 49,700 dwellings were started, up 10 per cent on the same three months a year ago, while completions at 45,900 were up 2 per cent.
Seasonally adjusted comparisons
cent while completions were up by 2 per cent.
Housing association starts and completions of new dwellings in
the three months May to July both rose compared with the previous
three months. Both starts and completions by local authorities and government departments remained at a low level.
1. Monthly housebuilding figures for Wales and Scotland are not
published in the Information Bulletin, but estimates are included in
the monthly figures for Great Britain.
2. Because monthly figures are very variable, attention is directed
to the latest three months rather than to the latest single month.
3. The figures are derived from records kept for building control purposes. It is sometimes difficult for local authorities and the National House-Building Council, who are responsible for building control, to identify whether a dwelling is being built for a housing association or for a private developer.
This may lead to an understatement of housing association starts and
completions recorded in these tables, and a corresponding overstatement of private enterprise figures.
4. Figures in the Information Bulletin have been revised following
an annual exercise to incorporate additional information on
housebuilding in England. There have also been revisions to figures
for Scotland. These have resulted in small changes in the figures
for the period from 1993 onwards. At the same time the adjustment
factors used to obtain the seasonally adjusted series have been