Public money put aside for delivering new affordable homes is not being used, an official has warned.

According to Clive Betts, chair of the Communities and Local Government committee, interest in schemes such as the Affordable Homes Programme and Build to Rent has been subdued.

As a result, he is becoming concerned that public money for key house building programmes is "sitting idle" in the government's coffers, Inside Housing reports.

Mr Betts said this is happening at a time when "the country urgently needs to deliver more housing".

He suggested the limited interest in these schemes could be partly down to housing associations "finding their capacity increasingly stretched".

Mr Betts added that the fact money dedicated for housing is "swishing around" the government's bank account will provide "little comfort to those people desperate to have their own roof over their heads".

Housing minister Brandon Lewis responded by insisting Build to Rent is on course to reach its target of supporting 10,000 new homes, which he said represents a "great success".