Government plans to carry out the English Housing Survey every two years instead of on an annual basis has been criticised.

The Department for Communities and Local Government this week said it wants to reduce the cost of producing the survey by £4 million. As a result, it has floated the idea of publishing it every two years, rather than every 12 months, as it believes this could be more cost-effective.

However, the proposal has prompted a negative response from several organisations, including the National Housing Federation, Inside Housing reports.

Shane Brownie, head of research at the body, insisted it is vital that "we can keep track of any changes to the sector and market as frequently as possible".

Furthermore, he warned that if the English Housing Survey is no longer published every year,  its validity could be undermined.

Similar concerns were raised by the Chartered Institute of Housing, which said it is "vital that policymakers are basing their decisions on the most up to date information available".

Policy adviser John Perry stated that the survey "provides crucial information in areas where housing is changing very fast, like people's movements between tenures and the housing options for young people".

In addition, he pointed out that the results highlight "areas of emerging concern and shining a light on the impact of the housing crisis".

Housing minister Brandon Lewis said this week that it costs taxpayers £4 million a year to run the English Housing Survey - an amount he described as "excessive".

He confirmed the government is looking at "innovative" ways of running the survey at a lower cost while "continuing to monitor the quality of homes" as part of "wider departmental efforts to reduce spending on administration".