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Affordable Housing

Volume 400: debated on Monday 3 March 2003

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To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the London Housing Board will be able to fund the construction of new affordable housing in the east, south east and south west regions for use as part of the Seaside and Country Homes Scheme. [99170]

It will remain open to authorities in London, and elsewhere, to support the provision of additional affordable housing in other regions if this is a cost-effective way of addressing their housing needs but only where it has the support of the authority in which the housing is to be provided. The establishment of regional housing boards will allow a more strategic view to be taken about the extent to which needs can be met by provision of housing outside the region.

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many units of affordable housing (a) for rent and (b) for sale were built from funding generated by recycled capital grant in each year since 1997. [99174]

The option for Registered Social Landlords to recycle social housing grant was introduced in April 1997. The number of dwellings completed by RSLs which have been funded, wholly or in conjunction with loans or RSL reserves, from recycled capital grant fund since 1997 are tabled below.

SaleRent
1997–9810
1998–9910087
1999–200085271
2000–01502646
2001–021218361
1Figures for 2001–02 subject to validation
In addition, RSLs have built affordable housing units by combining recycled grant with social housing grant from local authorities or the Housing Corporation. These units are not included in the above figures. RSLs can also use recycled grant for major repair and improvement of their existing housing.