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Disabled People (Accommodation)

Volume 80: debated on Wednesday 12 June 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what was, for each of the last three years for which figures are available, the number and total value of adaptations to the accommodation of disabled people funded by each district and borough council.

The numbers of dwellings for disabled people which each English local authority reported renovating and the numbers for which grants were paid to private owners and tenants in the years 1981, 1982 and 1983, appear in "Local Housing Statistics" in issues 62, 66 and 70, respectively. Estimates for England as a whole of the cost of the local authority renovations in the financial year 1981–82 and in each quarter from the second quarter of 1983 appear in table 2.16(a) of the quarterly "Housing and Construction Statistics" No. 20, as do the amounts of grants paid in the three years 1982 to 1984. Copies of all these publications are in the Library. The corresponding costs and grants paid information for individual local authorities is not in a readily available form.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what action he is taking to enable complementary information to be gathered concerning expenditure by local authority housing and social services departments on adaptations to the accommodation of disabled people; and if he will make a statement.

My Department collects information on the conversion and improvement of local authority dwellings which make them suitable for the disabled, as well as information on grants paid for the renovation of dwellings for disabled persons under the Housing Acts. This information is published each quarter in table 2.16 of "Housing and Construction Statistics Part 2", copies of which are available in the Library.Information on expenditure by local authority social services departments on adaptations to the accommodation of disabled people is collected by the Department of Health and Social Security.