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HOUSEBUILDING: JULY 1997

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In July 1997, it is provisionally estimated that 17,100 dwellings were started in Great Britain compared with 15,40...
In July 1997, it is provisionally estimated that 17,100 dwellings were started in Great Britain compared with 15,400 in July 1996. Completions numbered 15,400 compared with 16,900 in the

previous year.

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

In the three months May to July, total starts were down 6 per cent while total completions increased by 2 per cent compared with the previous three months. Private enterprise starts were down 7 per

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.

NOTES

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

revised.

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