DCLG has today released figures demonstrating that the number of new homes in the UK has risen by 25% over the last 12 months.

The announcement comes just two days after the Housing and Planning Bill was scrutinised by parliamentary committee. The committee is due to report back to the House of Commons next week (on 17 November 2015).

It also comes after recent reports from volume house-builder show a slowing down in the number of starts on site in the last few months (see, for example, the Guardian's report on Barratts Homes: http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/nov/11/barratt-sales-rise-help-to-buy-scheme-housing-industry).

Taken together, the three announcements do suggest that the Government's attempts to boost housing numbers are starting to work; but that more may need to be done to keep momentum going. This narrative is likely to be helpful to the supporters of the Housing and Planning Bill, when it comes back to the House of Commons next week, and I would not be surprised if it came up at some point during the debates.