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Affordable Housing

Volume 407: debated on Thursday 19 June 2003

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To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many affordable housing units have been built in each year since 1997 (a) with social housing grant, (b) with local authority social housing and (c) with no public funding (i) in England and (ii) in rural districts. [117984]

The available information is presented in the following table.

Affordable housing units built in England
Units funded through:
(a) Housing Corporation Social Housing Grant(b) Local Authority Social Housing Grant
1997–98
Deep rural1,128894
Mixed rural4,1722,427
All rural authorities5,3003,321
All authorities29,55110,161
1998–99
Deep rural823718
Mixed rural4,1811,764
All rural authorities5,0042,482
All authorities28,2079,714
1999–2000
Deep rural734728
Mixed rural3,1971,652
All rural authorities3,9312,380
All authorities23,5688,396
Affordable housing units built in England
Units funded through:
(a) Housing Corporation Social Housing Grant(b) Local Authority Social Housing Grant
2000–01
Deep rural802478
Mixed rural3,1901,532
All rural authorities3,9922,010
All authorities20,8678,081
2001–02
Deep rural758399
Mixed rural3,0361,283
All rural authorities3,7941,682
All authorities21,6056,628

Note:

Completions in respect of any schemes originally approved prior to 1996–97 involving both Housing Corporation and Local Authority Social Housing Grant support will be counted under both headings, but cannot be distinguished.

Affordable housing schemes comprise those for rent (including Tariff, and Mixed Funded schemes); temporary social housing schemes (including MiniHag, and short-life housing); and shared or outright ownership schemes (including leasehold for the elderly).

Source:

Housing Corporation returns

Information about the number of affordable housing units built without any form of public funding is not available.

The Government have taken substantial measures to alleviate housing pressures in rural areas as part of the Rural White Paper and Sustainable Communities Plan.

These include more than doubling the Housing Corporation's target for the number of approvals of homes in small rural settlements since 2000–01. The measures have increased the number of schemes in the pipeline and should start to flow through to an increased number of completed homes in rural areas over the next few years.

We expect over 5,000 homes to be approved in small rural settlements alone between 2003–04 and 2005–06.

Under the new regional arrangements it will be for Regional Housing Boards to consider rural housing needs in advising on the allocation of resources.