Following a contraction during Q1, public sector registrations fell 49% in Q2 this year compared to the same period in 2011, bringing overall registration totals down across all new homes for the quarter.

Private sector registrations were bouyant last June but fell by 10% this June. However, April and May registrations were slightly higher than in the same months in 2011.

"As the year progresses we must hope to see a rebound in social housing numbers as providers adapt to new methods of funding," said NHBC’s commercial director Richard Tamayo.

"Hopefully the decline in private registrations witnessed in June will, in hindsight, prove to be a statistical blip in what will otherwise be a period of sustained, if modest, private sector volume growth throughout the year."