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1343: Shortfall in affordable housing

This paper is taken from ‘The critical shortfall in affordable rural housing in Britain’ published by the Countryside Alliance

Year of Publication2011

Local councils have failed to meet provision targets on average by over 76% in the past year For rural and semi-rural councils in England, on average, only 29% of the identified need for new affordable housing was planned to be built in 2010/11. First time buyers made up 27% of buyers in rural areas and 45% in urban. Rural housing remains less affordable than in urban areas where average prices are 5.4 times the UK average annual earnings in the countryside. Average wages for people working in rural communities are £4,655 lower than the national average

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