"There are some positive housing statistics out today. It is encouraging to see that the number of house building starts have increased by 18% in Q2 of 2014 compared to the same period last year. Completions are also up by 6% year on year. However, there is more that can be done; both starts and completions are still well below their March quarter 2007 peak. The Government and banks must continue to support smaller property developers who are most likely to plug this gap, and especially those developments outside London and the South East." **ENDS** For further information, journalists can contact: Nicola York, Cicero Group Phone: 020 7297 5954 Email: Johnathan.Priestley@cicero-group.comNotes to Editors page.