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Tenants Incentive Scheme

Volume 163: debated on Monday 4 December 1989

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement about the introduction of the tenants incentive scheme for the tenants of charitable housing associations.

The tenants incentive scheme will be introduced by the Housing Corporation in 1990–91. It will enable registered housing associations, including charitable housing associations, to give cash grants to help their tenants buy homes of their own.In addition to the major increase in resources being made available for the Housing Corporation's main programme, the Government are making available through the corporation an extra £73 million over the next two years to help housing associations provide more homes for homeless people by various means including securing vacancies by giving additional grants under the tenants incentive scheme. These extra resources will be targeted on London and the south-east where homelessness pressures are greatest.

Shire counties' spending compared to grant related expenditure assessments
1987–88 Overspend1987–88 Percentage overspend1988–89 Overspend1988–89 Percentage overspend
£ million£ million
Avon27·77·634·48·7
Bedfordshire17·68·215·76·7
Buckinghamshire11·84·611·34·0
Cambridgeshire-14·9-5·95·42·0
Cheshire31·07·731·67·2
Cleveland25·59·327·19·2
Cumbria21·310·521·810·0
Derbyshire33·38·736·18·7
Durham6·52·67·82·9
Essex-1·5-0·320·33·1
Gloucestershire0·10·13·51·5
Hertfordshire-19·3-5·091·822·3
Humberside21·75·625·36·1
Isle of Wight2·75·62·64·8
Lancashire0·30·117·82·7
Leicestershire5·21·410·92·6