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Housing Rehabilitation

Volume 229: debated on Tuesday 27 July 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish the latest figures available to show the extent of the rehabilitation work currently undertaken by housing associations nationally; and if he has any plans to increase the funding available for inner city and rural rehabilitation projects.

In 1992–93, the Housing Corporation granted approvals for 6,501 rehabilitation units—13·4 per cent. of the programme as a whole. For 1993–94 12·6 per cent of unit allocations were for rehabilitation units.My objective was to see rehabilitation projects rise to at least 18 per cent. of rented approvals this year. However, I understand that the corporation was unable to achieve this at the same time as taking account of the priorities expressed by local authorities. No target has yet been set for future years.