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Housing

Volume 451: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what percentage of social housing provided by housing associations has been achieved by section 106 agreements, broken down by region. (96855)

The percentages of affordable housing units provided by registered social landlords as a result of section 106 agreements in England in the financial year 2004-05 are tabulated as follows. Information on section 106 agreements in 2005-06 is being finalised and will be made available on the Department for Communities and Local Government website shortly.

Affordable housing provided by registered social landlords in financial year 2004-05: England

Total affordable housing units provided

Number of affordable units with contributions through S106 agreements

Percentage

North East

728

186

26

North West

2,220

483

22

Yorkshire and the Humber

1,360

592

44

East Midlands

1,880

1,165

62

West Midlands

3,153

1,531

49

East

3,818

2,569

67

London

9,388

3,634

39

South East

8,020

5,038

63

South West

3,304

1,756

53

England

33,871

16,954

50

Notes: 1. Affordable housing is defined as social rent and low cost home ownership. 2. Units includes dwellings and bed spaces. 3. Information refers to registered social landlords only and excludes other housing associations not registered with the Housing Corporation. Source:Housing Corporation. Annual returns (HSSA) from local authorities to DCLG.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she will respond to the Rural Housing Commission Report. (96856)

The Government are already taking forward many of the recommendations of the Affordable Rural Housing Commission. Its proposals are being fed into a series of processes, including the Comprehensive Spending Review and the forthcoming planning policy statement on housing. We have also set up a website to report on the progress we are making towards improving access to affordable housing in rural areas, including examples of best practice, in response to the Affordable Rural Housing Commission’s report.