Cllr George Crane, Lead Member for Regeneration and Economic Development said “This is good news for Brent and especially for those in Housing need in this difficult economic climate but this hides a much darker story. Brent Council was one of only 35 Councils in the Country where homes in the Social rented sector have been started. No Social Housing at all has been started in 289 Councils. This is bad news for those languishing on housing waiting lists and the government has no strategy to deal with the increasing housing crisis.”
Brent Council is top of the West London League for providing new homes in 2011-12 and second highest in the country for affordable homes in the socially rented sector. The figures have been made available by the Government Homes and Communities Agency. Brent also tops the league table with completions having 523 Social rent completions out of a total of 687 in 2011 – 2012. If you add PFI the completions total 868. In the last year Brent has contributed over 50% of all new social and affordable rented housing starts in West London.