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Housing

Volume 410: debated on Monday 18 August 2003

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To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his Department's latest estimate is of the number of people in housing need and accepted as such by their local housing authority in each London borough. [130021]

Local authorities in England report the numbers of households on their waiting lists (excluding tenants awaiting a transfer) as at 1 April on their Annual Housing Investment Programme returns. Their activities under the homelessness provisions of the Housing Act 1996 (as amended by the Homelessness Act 2002) are reported on their quarterly PIE housing returns to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. The latest available information reported by London boroughs is in the table.

London boroughsHouseholds on the Housing Register 1 April 2002Statutorily homeless householdsnumber accepted as eligible, un intent tonally homeless and in priority need April to June 2003
Barking and Dagenham2,668155
Barnet7,030301
Bexley3,487104
Brent14,746304
Bromley3,592236
Camden8,147331
City of London62310
Croydon6,890261
Ealing8,289348
Enfield7,264318
Greenwich>6,8761
Hackney8,9301
Hammersmith and Fulham6,0441
Haringey12,5851
Harrow3,99285
Havering1,8881
Hillingdon6,041216
Hounslow6,369179
Islington8.1611
Kensington and Chelsea8,294127
Kingston upon Thames3,97195
Lambeth14,228364
Lewisham15,368368
Merton4,36154
Newham13,942417
Redbridge5,671203
Richmond upon Thames3,76392
Southwark6,164425
Sutton.1,65381
Tower Hamlets7,837438
Waltham Forest10,283300
Wandsworth3,923241
Westminster3,709316
1 Data not reported.

Notes:

As local authorities have different practices for compiling and managing housing registers/waiting lists, direct comparisons between authorities can be misleading.

Sources:

ODPM: Housing Investment Programme (HIP) annual returns

ODPM: P1E housing activity quarterly returns

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 15 September 2003, ref 129308, when he expects to allocate funds to Colchester's Arms Length Management Organisation; and how much will be allocated. [131011]

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister will confirm the funding for Colchester's Arms Length Management Organisation (ALMO) once the Housing Inspectorate notifies us that it has awarded the ALMO at least a 2* (good) rating. The inspection is currently planned to begin in February 2004. The conditional allocation for 2003–05 is £13.44 million.

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the local authorities which are six months or more behind paying Housing Benefit; and how many local authorities who are six months or more behind payment use Capita and their software package Academy. [129172]

I have been asked to reply.We collect average processing times, by local authority, for Housing Benefit claims. The data provided by local authorities for the year ended 31 March 2003, and published on the our Housing Benefit website, www.dwp.gov.uk/housing benefit, show that on average no local authority took longer than six months to process new claims.Average processing times for local authorities whose Housing Benefit administration is contracted out to Capita and who use Academy software, range from 26 days to 131 days. Actual clearance times for individual cases within the average are not collected centrally.