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Housing starts continue to rise in Q1 2015

The housing market has shown an upward trend since October 2012, albeit from the low base caused by the effects of the recession.

The UK housing market saw a rise in starts of 10% over 2013.

This upward trend has continued through the first quarter of 2015 with 33,700 housing starts, 1.5% above the same period in 2014.

BSRIA chief executive Julia Evans said: “We have seen a significant increase in the number of housing starts, but it is still some way short of the number of houses required to meet our current demand and considerably short of the ambitious numbers discussed by the major political parties.

“While the increase in housing has seen around 100,000 extra people employed in the housing industry, we still need to recruit more people to meet the demand”.

Ms Evans added that the industry needed to invest in recruiting and developing the skills to deliver the high volume of energy-efficient homes estimated to be required.

“This includes presenting the industry as a viable long-term career choice,” she added.

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