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Housing (Luton)

Volume 448: debated on Monday 3 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many single vulnerable households were accepted as homeless in Luton in each of the last five years. (80365)

Statistical returns on homelessness reported by local authorities to this Department distinguish the number of households accepted as eligible for assistance, and unintentionally homeless according to the main category of priority need the applicant falls within. The returns do not identify the number of people in the household. Information reported by Luton borough council in each year since 2001-02 is summarised as follows:

Households accepted by Luton borough council as eligible for assistance, unintentionally homeless and in a priority need category

Of which:

Total households

containing dependent children

containing an expectant mother

All other accepted households1

2001-02

314

264

22

28

2002-03

575

372

63

140

2003-04

482

328

48

106

2004-05

392

265

53

74

2005-06

570

397

64

109

1 As well as applicants, or members of their household, accepted as vulnerable for some reason, figures also include applicants accepted as having a priority need because they were homeless as the result of an emergency, they were aged 16 or 17-years-old, or they were under 21 and had previously been looked after, accommodated or fostered when aged 16 or 17.

Source:

DCLG P1E Homelessness returns (quarterly)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of (a) black and ethnic minority and (b) all households are classified as overcrowded in (a) Luton, (b) Bedfordshire and (c) England. (80370)

Using the bedroom standard, the estimated proportion of black and minority ethnic households in England that were overcrowded during the three years 2002-03 to 2004/05 was 10.7 per cent. The equivalent figure for all households was 2.5 per cent.

These figures were derived from the Survey of English Housing. Reliable figures for areas as small as Luton and Bedfordshire are not available on a regular basis because the survey sample sizes are too small.

An ad hoc report based on combined data from both the Survey of English Housing and the Department for Work and Pensions’ Family Resources Survey for the three years 2000-01, 2001-02 and 2002-03 provides estimates of overcrowding (across all households) of 4 per cent. in Luton and 1 per cent. in Bedfordshire. Separate estimates for black and minority ethnic households are not available.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) failed and (b) successful bids have been made by Luton council for Housing Corporation funding; and what assessment she has made of the reasons for the decision in each case. (80517)

No bids were made by Luton borough council for the Housing Corporation’s Affordable Housing Programme (AHP) 2006-08. All bids for the Luton borough council area were made by registered social landlords and other developers. Successful schemes in Luton were allocated a total of £7.5 million for the 2006-08 AHP.

The Secretary of State does not make decisions on individual schemes. An overall package of funding and outputs is submitted to Ministers by the Corporation. The schemes making up this programme have been assessed by the Housing Corporation as part of a competitive bidding round.

In assessing bids the Corporation used a two stage process for the 2006-08 AHP round. Bids were assessed for compliance with the competition requirements as follows:

(i) Additionality—Grant must be necessary for the affordable housing to be delivered;

(ii) Rent levels in accordance with Corporation or statutory rent regimes to ensure affordability;

(iii) Schemes must be financially independent;

(iv) Schemes must meet or exceed the minimum standards covering design and quality (expressed through the Corporation’s Scheme Development Standards, Housing Quality Indicator system, and a Very Good EcoHomes rating);

(v) Scheme must start on site by 31 March 2008;

(vi) Schemes must complete before 31 March 2011;

(vii) Scheme must conform to the relevant regional housing board priorities;

(viii) Schemes must meet management and maintenance Standards (for Housing Associations schemes must comply with all of the Corporation’s regulatory requirements in relation to the management and maintenance of affordable homes);

(ix) Bidders must have the capacity to enter into a programme agreement.

Bids which met these competition requirements were then subject to competitive assessment using four criteria:

Value-for-money;

Quality;

Fit with Regional and Local housing strategies;

Deliverability within the programme time scale.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will list the bids for Housing Corporation funding submitted by Luton council in each of the last five years for (a) general family housing and (b) elderly housing. (80518)

No bids were made by Luton borough council for the Housing Corporation’s Affordable Housing Programme (AHP) 2005-06 or 2006-08, these being the first opportunities for local authorities to bid for Housing Corporation funding after the change in legislation following the Housing Act 2004, which allowed bodies not registered with the Housing Corporation to bid for funding.

All bids for the Luton borough council area were made by registered social landlords and other developers. The following tables show accepted new build bids for Housing Corporation Affordable Housing Programme funds over the last five years and for the last bidding round of 2006-08. The following tables identify which client group these schemes have been primarily identified for. To be successful, bids needed to meet the criteria set out in the answer given on 3 July 2006 to my hon. Friend’s question 80517, in particular meeting Regional Housing Board priorities.

2001-02

RSL name

Programme

Heading

Scheme

Units

£

Client group

Jephson Homes Housing Association Limited

ADP

RENT

Bury Park Luton Rehabs Phase 8

23

1,578,039

Gen needs

Presentation Housing Association Limited

ADP

RENT

Dallow Rd

19

691,385

Gen needs

Aldwyck Housing Association Limited

ADP

RENT

Croda Factory Site

27

1,554,390

Gen needs

The Guinness Trust

ADP

RENT

Rockley Road

16

539,011

Gen needs

New build/rehab total

85

4,362,825

2002-03

RSL name

Programme

Heading

Scheme

Units

£

Client group

Jephson Homes Housing Association Limited

ADP

RENT

Bury Park Luton Rehabs Phase 9

8

677,802

Gen needs

New build/rehab total

8

677,802

2003-04

RSL name

Programme

Heading

Scheme

Units

£

Client group

Home Group Limited

ADP

RENT

Apple Grove G/w Luton Frail/elderly

40

2,329,545

Elderly persons

Home Group Limited

ADP

RENT

Apple Grove G/w Luton Bungalows

16

444,237

Elderly persons

The Papworth Trust

ADP

RENT

Electrolux Site, Oakley Road

9

652,000

Gen needs (incl phys dis)

Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association Limited

ADP

RENT

Electrolux—Oakely Rd

20

922,429

Gen needs

Jephson Homes Housing Association Limited

ADP

RENT

Westbourne Road

6

643,640

Gen needs

Presentation Housing Association Limited

ADP

RENT

Electrolux SI06 Site

19

1,059,160

Gen needs

Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association Limited

ADP

SALE

Electrolux—Oakley Rd

5

103,528

Gen needs

Aldwyck Housing Association Limited

ADP

SALE

Croda Lcho

6

131,843

Gen needs

New build/rehab total

121

6,286,382

2004-06

RSL name

Programme

Heading

Scheme

Units

£

Client group

Arc Partnership Bedfordshire

ADPKW

KWL intermediate rent

Aldwyck House Old Post Office

6

154,857

Key worker

Pilgrims Housing Association Limited Bedfordshire

ADP

RENT

Studley Road, Luton

27

1,181,043

Gen needs (incl phys dis)

Pilgrims Housing Association Limited Bedfordshire

ADP

RENT

Downlands Day Centre, Luton

6

330,000

Gen needs

Pilgrims Housing Association Limited

ADP

RENT

Downlands site, Luton—Papworth

8

765,000

Gen needs

Jephson Homes Housing Association Limited

ADP

RENT

Midland Road

24

985,000

Gen needs

New build/rehab total

71

3,415,900

2006-08

RSL name

Programme

Heading

Scheme

Units

£

Client group

Aldwyck Housing Association Limited

ADP

RENT

Cades Close/Priestleys

1

67,957

Gen needs

Aldwyck Housing Association Limited

ADP

RENT

Brunnel Road

5

280,000

Gen needs

Aldwyck Housing Association Limited

ADP

RENT

Cades Close/Priestleys

2

75,765

Gen needs

Aldwyck Housing Association Limited

ADP

MFRENT

Millfield Road, Luton

15

455,000

Gen needs

Jephson Homes Housing Association Limited

ADP

RENT

Sundon Park Road -Luton

24

850,000

Gen needs

Jephson Homes Housing Association Limited

ADP

RENT

Rochdale and Kirkdale Court—Luton

26

3,200,000

Gen needs

Presentation Housing Association Limited

ADP

RENT

Leicester Road, Luton (Rent)

38

2,070,000

Gen needs

Presentation Housing Association Limited

ADP

HomeBuy new build (shared ownership)

Leicester Road, Luton (SO)

8

334,000

Gen needs

New build/rehab total

119

7,332,722

These tables do not include schemes funded for open market Homebuy, Voluntary Purchase Grant, re-improvements or works to registered social landlord stock.