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Housing Starts

Volume 979: debated on Thursday 28 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) what he now estimates to be the numbers of new housing starts in 1980–81 compared with 1979–80 as a result of the reduced allocation to the Housing Corporation for the work of housing associations following his statement to the House on 21 February(2) following his reduced allocation to the Housing Corporation for housing associations, by what percentage he expects their housing starts in 1980–81 to fall over those in the current year.

The number of housing starts that can be funded from the Housing Corporation 1980–81 allocation will depend on how far associations take advantage of the new powers in the Housing Bill to undertake rehabilitation for sale and shared ownership. The Housing Corporation is considering the balance to be struck between homes for sale, for shared ownership and for renting.