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Shared Housing Ownership

Volume 229: debated on Friday 23 July 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the grant allocation for individual projects under the Housing Corporation's shared ownership for the elderly programme for the current financial year and for each year since 1989 by region and local authority area.

The Housing Corporation does not have a separate shared ownership programme for the elderly. However, a proportion of its general shared ownership is designated for the elderly. It also runs a leasehold for the elderly scheme, where elderly people may buy a lease from a housing association, which then acts as managing agent. At the allocation stage the corporation's records do not make it possible to distiguish between these two scheme types. It is not yet possible, therefore, to provide a separate figure for allocations to shared ownership schemes for the elderly for 1993–94.I will arrange for two tables to be placed in the Library, one showing the combined total value of allocations for leasehold for the elderly and shared ownership schemes intended for the elderly for 1993–94 broken down by region and local authority area, and the other showing a breakdown between the two schemes for the earlier years requested. It would not be possible to provide the list of allocations to individual projects requested, except at disproportionate cost.