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Affordable Housing

Volume 412: debated on Friday 11 April 2003

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To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the local authorities which will receive reduced Government support for affordable housing after the abolition of the local authority social housing grant. [107667]

In my statement of 5 March, I announced increased provision for transitional arrangements for Local Authority Social Housing Grant (LASHG). Transitional funding will now support investment in social housing of up to £550 million in 2003–04—£50 million more than the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister provided in 2002–03 from LASHG, and higher than in any previous year. The local authority areas in which this investment will take place will not be known until after 30 June 2003, which is the deadline for new schemes for 2003–04 to be submitted to the Housing Corporation.For future years, resources will be allocated between authorities in line with recommendations of the Regional Housing Boards, reflecting regionally-agreed priorities.