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Budget 2016: ‘A missed opportunity’ say builders

16 Mar 16 The Federation of Master Builders has described the 2016 budget statement as a ‘missed opportunity in the government's race against time to meet its own housing targets’.

FMB chief executive Brian Berry said: “The government has set itself a target of a million new homes by 2020. That is rightly ambitious, but the continuing gap between what’s being built and what needs to be built makes hitting that target more difficult by the day. Official statistics show that annual housing completions in England totalled just over 140,000 in 2015, a long way short of the 200,000 homes we need every year to hit one million.

“We are nearly 12 months into the current parliament and the government is already falling well behind on its targets.

“We recognise that the government is working on a number of fronts to speed up the planning process and intervene to support first time buyers, and some of the measures in today’s budget are welcome steps forward. Yet these announcements are limited in scope and won’t signal the step change that we need to see.

“We cannot afford to lose momentum in the battle to beat the housing crisis.”

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