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Housing Finance

Volume 929: debated on Wednesday 6 April 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish a list of those district housing authorities in Wales which have applied to him for approval to spend in excess of 15 per cent. of their means block housing allocation for Section 105 purposes; how many of these he has approved; and what was the basis of approval or rejection in each instance.

The authorities are:

  • Arfon BC
  • Cardiff CC
  • Carmarthen DC
  • Cynon Valley DC
  • Delyn BC
  • Glyndwr DC
  • Llanelli BC
  • Neath BC
  • Swansea CC
  • Vale of Glamorgan BC
Eight applications have been approved; two—Delyn and Llanelli Borough Councils—are still under consideration.The approvals indicate that we are satisfied that the programmes concerned reflect local needs.

asked the Secretary of State for Wales (1) if he will list for every district council in Wales its housing finance allocation for 1977–78 analysed by (a) main block allocation, (b) theoretical formula allocation and (c) lending/improvement block allocation;(2) which district councils in Wales had their main block housing allocation formula increased for 1977–78 because their existing commitments were greater than their formula allocation; and what is the increase in allocation to each of these councils to meet such commitments plus the 10 per cent. Free money provided in these circumstances.

Main Block AllocationTheoretical Formula AllocationImprovement/Lending Allocation
Aberconwy BC1,016,0001,341,000160,000
Afan BC1,563,0001,917,000229,000
Alyn and Deeside DC1,469,0001,677,000170,000
Arfon DC1,320,0001,514,000336,000
Blaenau Gwent DC3,436,0003,356,000557,000
Brecknock BC1,600,0001,096,000241,000
Cardiff CC7,272,0006,816,0001,206,000
Carmarthen DC1,224,0001,430,000360,000
Ceredigion DC1,332,0001,511,000319,000
Colwyn BC1,166,0001,282,000110,000
Cynon Valley BC2,158,0002,540,000735,000
Delyn DC1,565,0001,889,000216,000
Dinefwr BC832,000984,000323,000
Dwyfor Dc624,000663,000201,000
Glyndwr DC1,119,0001,335,000168,000
Islwyn DC2,100,0002,361,000412,000
Llanelli BC1,486,0001,806,000444,000
Lliw Valley BC1,081,0001,290,000430,000
Merionnydd DC684,000882,000207,000
Merthyr Tydfil BC2,025,0002,470,000589,000
Monmouth DC1,789,0001,694,000202,000
Montgomery DC1,230,0001,397,000298,000
Neath BC1,367,0001,609,000457,000
Newport BC10,798,0003,482,000565,000
Ogwr BC3,753,0004,054,000649,000
Preseli DC1,687,0001,871,000264,000
Radnor DC531,000592,000132,000
Rhondda BC2,384,0002,855,0001,219,000
Rhuddlan DC976,0001,133,00057,000
Rhymney Valley DC3,913,0004,146,000623,000
South Pembrokeshire DC1,662,0001,115,000206,000
Swansea CC3,856,0004,362,0001,074,000
Taff Ely2,634,0003,310,000534,000
Torfaen BC2,361,0002,688,000326,000
Vale of Glam BC2,316,0002,489,000326,000
Wrexham Maelor BC3,668,0003,181,000355,000
Ynys Mon BC1,672,0001,858,000299,000
The table shows the seven authorities which received a larger allocation than the theoretical formula would have produced. In each case, the actual allocation includes 10 per cent. of the theoretical allocation as free money.

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what steps he is taking to ensure that the definition of housing waiting lists throughout the local housing authorities in Wales is on a common basis, in order to use the waiting list information as a factor in housing finance allocation in future years.

None. Since councils have complete discretion in the compilation of their waiting lists, there is no apparent basis for standardisation.

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what provision was made in the housing finance main block allocation formula in Wales for 1977–78 for those councils which are required to provide council houses for persons moved

The following is the information.from private houses not classified as unfit, which are scheduled for demolition as part of road improvement or redevelopment schemes.

None. The object of using a formula to allocate housing finance was to achieve a broadly equitable distribution simply and quickly, so that allocations could be notified to authorities as early as possible. To consider all possible local factors would have robbed the exercise of both its simplicity and its speed.

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what advice he has given local housing authorities in Wales concerning assumptions they can make for 1978–79 in relation to possible reduction in their main block housing allocation for that year compared with their formula allocation for 1977–78.

None, but they have been told that they may assume that their main block allocation for 1978–79 will not be less than 60 per cent. of their formula allocation for 1977–78.