NHBC response to Ed Miliband’s pledge to boost house building

Following reports that Ed Miliband will pledge new measures to boost the house building industry, NHBC Chief Executive Mike Quinton said:

“We welcome Ed Miliband’s commitment to support the UK house building industry. Despite encouraging signs this year of a broad based recovery, there remains a critical shortage of new homes being built.

“Labour is right to focus on policies that will support the building of more new high quality homes and NHBC will work with all Parties to develop good housing policy. However, there is still some way to go before house building returns to pre-recession levels.

“Our figures show that 122,288 new homes were registered in the last 12 months from August 2012 to July 2013 – less than half the numbers this country needs.”