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Council Rents

Volume 451: debated on Tuesday 7 November 2006

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average total rent paid by council tenants was in 2004-05; and what estimate he has made of the average amount spent per council tenant on repairs and services in that year. (61735)

I have been asked to reply.

Subsidy expenditure in relation to council homes includes major repairs and capital charges (e.g. interest and repayments on borrowing for previous housing investment and building), as well as ongoing management and maintenance.

The overall assumed in-year totals used for subsidy purposes are as follows:

£ million

Assumed rental income

5,722

Less:

Management and maintenance

3,082

Major repairs

1,389

Capital charges

1,205

ALMO allowance

86

Other allowances

82

Deficit funded by Exchequer

122

Average rent per household reported by councils for 2004-05 was £2,868.13. This is an unaudited figure. Average expenditure per house on repairs and maintenance reported by councils was £805.28. This does not include management, major repairs or decent homes refurbishments. Nor does it include the capital charges against debt or borrowing that may have been used to fund the building of the homes in the first place.