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Sheltered Housing

Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2003

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To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to review the rent re-structuring formula for residents in sheltered housing. [111123]

My right hon. Friend the Lord Rooker, the Minister for Housing and Planning, announced the launch of the first three-year progress review of the 10-year social rent restructuring in England on 9 April. The review will gather evidence about the effects of rent restructuring and examine whether fine-tuning adjustments to the approach would make sense for tenants and landlords.The steering group, comprising the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Housing Corporation, Local Government Association, Association of London Government, National Housing Federation, Council of Mortgage Lenders, Department for Work and Pensions and a tenant representative are currently considering the priorities for the review. The aim is to complete the review by April 2004, and following consultation, to implement any changes justified by the evidence from April 2005.