House building in England is up by over a fifth compared to last year, according to the latest figures published by the government.
There were 36,230 new housing starts in England between April and June, an increase of 18% on the same quarter last year.
It brings the total number of starts over the last 12 months to 137,780, a 22% increase on the previous year and the highest level of house building since 2007.
MP Brandon Lewis said the figures “are further evidence that the government’s long-term economic plan to improve the housing market is working”.
At the same time the construction sector has been growing for 15 consecutive months, and is currently experiencing the sharpest rise in house building orders since 2003, while companies are taking on new workers at the fastest rate since 1997.