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Housing (Tamworth)

Volume 448: debated on Monday 3 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding is available for temporary to permanent housing initiatives in the 2006 to 2008 National Affordable Housing Programme in Tamworth; and if she will make a statement. (80124)

At present no funds have been made available in Tamworth for temporary to permanent housing initiatives through the Affordable Housing Programme 2006-08.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) supports innovative schemes which provide settled housing solutions for households in temporary accommodation. Where these schemes offer value for money but require capital investment DCLG would encourage Regional Housing Boards to support bids for Affordable Housing Programme funding.

Affordable housing schemes in Tamworth have been allocated £1.050 million through the Housing Corporation's Affordable Housing Programme for 2006-08.

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) households and (b) children in (i) Staffordshire and (ii) Tamworth constituency are living in overcrowded accommodation. (68368)

I have been asked to reply.

There are two measures of overcrowding—the statutory definition and the bedroom standard.

Using the bedroom standard, the only recent estimate of the number of overcrowded households in Staffordshire is 3,000. This is from an ad hoc report based on combined data from both the Survey of English Housing and the Department for Work and Pension’s Family Resources Survey for the three years 2000-01, 2001-02 and 2002-03.

Reliable estimates for the number of children living in overcrowded accommodation in Staffordshire are not available. Separate data for Tamworth are also not available.

Estimates based on the statutory standard are not available because the underlying data are not collected systematically. A one-off estimate was made in the autumn of 2001 that there were approximately 25,000 households across the whole of England that were in conditions of overcrowding that breached the statutory standard. This estimate was based on data from the Survey of English Housing for the period 1997-98 to 1999-2000 and from the 1996 English House Condition Survey. Equivalent estimates for Staffordshire are not available.