I welcome the new figures which show that there has been a 121% increase in homes built year on year.
Statistics released by the National House-Building Council show that in 2013 64 homes were built, compared to the 142 that were built in year-end 2014. This is due to the work of the Welsh Assembly and Flintshire County Council who are both investing into house building and setting out policies which encourage unused land to be developed.
In the financial year 2014-15 Flintshire saw 96 affordable homes built. That was the second highest in the whole of North Wales.
Nationally we are facing the worst housing crisis in a generation. The rate of house building has not been this low across the UK since the interwar years. This failure has been driven by the UK government’s failure to invest into house building.
Locally, we can see policies put in place by Flintshire County Council and the Welsh Assembly are working. More homes were built in 2014 than the previous year. That means that more people can purchase their own home, having the security that comes with it.
Not only do we need to build more homes, but we need to build affordable homes. That will be the only way that we can truly tackle the housing crisis. Letting more families find a home in the community that they have grown up in.
The UK government can learn a lot from the Welsh Assembly and Flintshire County Council when it comes to house building policy. I hope the success in Delyn can be replicated across the country.