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Housing

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

24. To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the expenditure to be allocated to affordable housing at the next comprehensive spending review. (99694)

I have had, and will continue to have wide ranging and regular discussions with ministerial colleagues in Treasury about preparations for the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what percentage of homes built in (a) Chorley and (b) Lancashire since 1997 have been affordable social housing. (98725)

Local authorities have the powers to bring forward affordable housing policies as part of their local development frameworks.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many properties owned by registered social landlords have been sold on the open market in (a) Greater London and (b) England in each year since 1997, broken down by local authority area. (91098)

[holding answer 13 September 2006]: Information on the number of properties owned by registered social landlords (RSLs) which have been sold on the open market is collected on the regulatory statistical return of the Housing Corporation. Although information is collected from all RSLs, they are not asked to break down this information by local authority area. In addition, data were not collected prior to 2001-02. Summary information on total sales for the year available is given in the following table.

Dwellings sold by RSLs to the private sector (Number)

Total owned stock (Thousand)

Total stock sold to private sector (Percentage)

2001-02

1,285

1,593.6

0.08

2002-03

1,133

1,762.4

0.06

2003-04

1,877

1,776.6

0.11

2004-05

3,157

1,976.7

0.16

2005-06

3,081

2,040.8

0.15

Notes:

1. Data excludes Abbeyfields and Almhouses.

2. Only RSLs completing the long form RSR provided information in 2005-06.

Source:

Regulatory Statistical Return, Housing Corporation.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made, for the purposes of estimating housing demand, of the number of households formed by workers who have come from the 2004 accession countries. (96628)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what factors she took into account when estimating that the cost of providing the fourth option for council housing would be £12 billion as stated in her speech of 26 September; and if she will provide a breakdown of the estimated costs. (99319)

As set out in the document “Decent Homes to Sustainable Communities” there are a range of costs for introducing a "fourth option" depending on how many councils took it up as the approach would have to be fair for all councils. The factors taken into account when estimating the £12 billion were: the extra average investment per dwelling required to give local authorities the same level of investment per dwelling as under stock transfer, and the number of local authority dwellings in 2004-05 that would need this extra investment (number of dwellings sourced from the Business Plan Statistical Appendix 2005).

The estimated increase in investment needed to maintain Housing Associations for local authorities retaining ownership and management, and for those planning transfer but yet to achieve this, was £10,000 per dwelling and for authorities pursuing an Arm’s Length Management Organisation (ALMO) the increased cost of investment was £1,500 per dwelling.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people have taken up Government initiatives on (a) shared ownership and (b) subsidised home ownership; and what the cost of each initiative has been in each year since its introduction. (99544)

The tables show Housing Corporation Affordable Housing Programme-funded low-cost home ownership initiatives between 1992-93 and 2005-06. Table A shows completions from each financial year up to 2005-06 and table B the same information on expenditure.

Table A: Units completed

Shared ownership

DIYSO1

Homebuy

Tenants incentive scheme

Right to acquire

VPG2

Total

1992-93

1,525

1,992

0

4,783

0

0

8,300

1993-94

2,731

5,259

0

6,450

0

0

14,440

1994-95

5,633

5,479

0

6,525

0

0

17,637

1995-96

5,874

4,597

0

6,400

0

0

16,871

1996-97

4,053

2,395

0

6,892

0

38

13,378

1997-98

4,529

1,986

0

4,262

0

195

10,972

1998-99

4,340

1,472

0

2,364

0

122

8,298

1999-2000

2,956

191

885

413

4

86

4,535

2000-01

2,551

0

1,487

0

18

140

4,196

2001-02

2,211

0

1,270

0

38

133

3,652

2002-03

2,315

0

1,332

0

111

142

3,900

2003-04

3,574

0

2,600

0

236

154

6,564

2004-05

5,627

0

5,274

0

0

543

11,444

2005-06

8,423

0

7,651

0

471

78

16,623

Total

56,342

23,371

20,499

38,089

878

1,631

140,810

The figures in the table do not include homes provided without grant through S.106 agreements.

Table B: Expenditure

£ million

Shared ownership

DIYSO1

Homebuy

Tenants incentive scheme

Right to acquire

VPG2

Total

1992-93

81

43

0

52

0

0

177

1993-94

92

121

0

76

0

0

290

1994-95

87

117

0

76

0

0

280

1995-96

64

97

0

73

0

0

234

1996-97

82

51

0

82

0

0

216

1997-98

61

45

0

52

0

2

160

1998-99

49

34

0

30

0

1

115

1999-2000

49

4

20

5

0

1

79

2000-01

60

0

35

0

0

2

97

2001-02

51

0

35

0

0

1

88

2002-03

76

0

42

0

1

1

120

2003-04

228

0

94

0

3

2

325

2004-05

248

0

209

0

6

0

462

2005-06

223

0

241

0

5

1

470

Total

1,452

513

675

448

15

11

3,114

1 Do it yourself shared ownership

2 Voluntary purchase grant

The Housing Corporation has a target to assist 35,000 households into low-cost home ownership between 2006-08 at an estimated cost of £970 million.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many individuals have taken up each Government initiative to supply housing to key workers; and what the cost of each initiative has been in each year since its introduction. (99546)

Since 2001 we have helped more than 22,500 key workers into home ownership through key worker housing initiatives. 10,322 were helped under the Starter Home Initiative which ran from April 2001 to April 2004. By August 2006, 12,200 had exchanged or completed under the Key Worker Living programme since its launch in April 2004.

The following table shows the expenditure by year on the Starter Home Initiative and the Key Worker Living Programme.

£ million

Starter Home Initiative

Key Worker Living1

2001-02

2.2

0

2002-03

66.9

0

2003-04

172.3

121.8

2004-05

7.3

285.1

2005-06

0

343.5

2006-07

0

74.9

1 Includes investment through Affordable Housing Programme. Challenge Fund Figures for 2006-07 shows spend to end October 2006.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been spent on the Decent Homes initiative in each London local authority since its inception; and how much she expects to be spent in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08. (99700)

The total capital investment in local authority housing for the financial years 2002-03 to 2004-05 and the planned expenditure for the financial years 2005-06 to 2007-08 is shown in the table. The data are from the Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix 2005.

£000

Planned

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Barking and Dagenham

31,687

46,785

27,872

36,235

25,700

20,600

Barnet

9,632

11,947

19,947

28,668

27,679

29,628

Bexley

0

0

0

0

0

0

Brent

11,576

23,003

52,160

48,936

27,589

10,300

Bromley

0

0

0

0

0

0

Camden

49,422

64,705

40,864

51,852

58,163

43,033

City of London

1,264

656

1,582

1,649

1,633

867

Croydon

16,390

14,423

15,875

24,503

19,585

17,296

Ealing

27,955

20,463

23,878

32,706

16,200

16,100

Enfield

13,489

13,920

10,996

13,089

14,260

15,361

Greenwich

39,948

28,873

43,860

57,867

46,000

34,800

Hackney

21,176

39,317

65,672

77,056

68,338

48,210

Hammersmith and Fulham

26,688

28,162

24,964

52,571

64,343

64,758

Haringey

23,593

26,524

25,272

22,056

22,056

65,056

Harrow

5,441

7,491

6,860

7,475

9,905

10,425

Havering

7,249

14,430

10,885

11,464

10,293

10,293

Hillingdon

13,687

12,668

28,850

31,871

30,850

24,305

Hounslow

23,019

38,901

51,496

68,413

17,700

17,100

Islington

44,915

62,687

56,296

94,608

99,206

99,726

Kensington and Chelsea

9,366

13,449

20,844

21,724

22,171

20,940

Kingston upon Thames

4,624

3,876

4,670

7,262

7,262

7,262

Lambeth

48,010

52,126

60,333

59,588

60,926

56,707

Lewisham

40,741

42,953

38,720

55,248

35,124

31,846

Merton

6,211

5,195

6,210

5,372

5,047

4,897

Newham

33,465

37,882

31,288

36,155

54,271

84,229

Redbridge

4,855

5,963

5,183

6,278

6,882

14,114

Richmond upon Thames

0

0

0

0

0

0

Southwark

76,059

69,291

82,921

107,639

78,440

77,656

Sutton

9,765

6,722

6,558

8,090

5,505

5,505

Tower Hamlets

39,915

42,157

40,597

34,054

26,806

18,560

Waltham Forest

19,343

19,101

21,597

24,454

39,443

37,757

Wandsworth

27,026

35,529

36,608

29,266

31,616

28,675

Westminster

46,277

29,249

53,437

82,200

55,858

25,286

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the estimated average public subsidy was per unit of shared ownership accommodation in (a) England and (b) London in the most recent year for which figures are available; (99800)

(2) how much in Government subsidy was given to each household purchasing a shared ownership property in (a) England, (b) each English region and (c) each London local authority in (i) 2004-05 and (ii) 2005-06; and what the figures are for 2006-07 to date.

The following table shows the average Government subsidy through the Housing Corporation’s Affordable Housing Programme for each shared ownership property in England, each English region and for each London local authority for 2004-05 and 2005-06 together with the latest estimates for 2006-07 and 2007-08. Housing Associations continue to own the share of the property funded by the Housing Corporation.

Average Government subsidy per shared ownership unit

£

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

England

31,629

25,076

27,372

25,334

Region

London

46,022

41,204

41,926

44,571

South East

25,608

20,052

19,100

16,743

South West

17,224

10,800

18,245

20,256

East Midlands

20,743

15,988

21,297

15,345

Eastern

20,012

12,875

14,477

15,729

West Midlands

26,679

15,295

20,376

19,940

Yorkshire and Humberside

20,888

11,801

24,623

30,953

North East

26,051

24,966

26,074

15,909

North West

24,324

31,750

31,896

36,198

London local authorities

Barking and Dagenham

36,055

29,093

14,873

n/a

Barnet

45,960

46,022

27,243

36,996

Bexley

37,423

51,689

6,650

n/a

Brent

46,784

48,132

45,609

54,456

Bromley

31,950

28,148

45,000

n/a

Camden

59,646

59,242

39,703

49,204

City of London

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Croydon

49,535

47,460

48,999

45,000

Ealing

39,719

54,302

50,276

46,096

Enfield

49,077

42,372

54,551

n/a

Greenwich

43,277

32,666

35,250

44,852

Hackney

44,401

48,580

46,905

42,275

Hammersmith and Fulham

36,799

53,068

48,219

n/a

Haringey

57,643

48,331

48,893

48,165

Harrow

49,338

48,000

36,667

42,000

Havering

27,941

29,058

52,188

n/a

Hillingdon

40,625

22,547

25,000

n/a

Hounslow

39,707

48,043

40,079

41,195

Islington

55,685

35,007

32,743 -

37,768

Kensington and Chelsea

50,000

n/a

25,455

45,000

Kingston upon Thames

15,351

59,157

43,941

35,000

Lambeth

38,807

44,159

46,756

n/a

Lewisham

64,771

28,168

55,956

n/a

Merton

43,062

25,943

47,693

n/a

Newham

47,342

36,341

43,632

47,000

Redbridge

29,272

35,932

30,900

n/a

Richmond upon Thames

10,962

50,000

38,800

37,500

Southwark

75,070

40,513

63,538

n/a

Sutton

37,504

43,821

26,269

16,667

Tower Hamlets

42,404

30,852

25,564

45,402

Waltham Forest

45,797

34,307

54,294

n/a

Wandsworth

30,859

41,370

42,416

n/a

Westminster

55,901

44,978

49,364

51,250

n/a = Indicates that no allocations have been provided in these boroughs.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the average rent paid on an (a) two bedroom, (b) three bedroom and (c) four or more bedroom property is in (i) local authority and (ii) housing association property in each London borough; and what the real terms change has been since 2001-02. (99801)

The information requested is as follows:

(i) Average local authority rents, in pounds per week, on two-, three- and four-bedroom dwellings in each London borough in 2005-06 are tabled as follows:

A—average rent 2005-06

Bedroom:

Per week (£)

Local authority

Two

Three

Four

Barking and Dagenham

66.74

69.73

74.06

Barnet

71.14

81.08

91.34

Bexley

LSVT

LSVT

LSVT

Brent

78.15

90.02

101.9

Bromley

LSVT

LSVT

LSVT

Camden

77.19

87.2

96.58

City of London

69.81

75.27

78.71

Croydon

74.55

90.08

104.27

Ealing

73.5

82.45

102.74

Enfield

72.5

81.89

93.1

Greenwich

68.88

79.64

85.77

Hackney

66.18

74.24

83.83

Hammersmith and Fulham

74.75

84.88

96.43

Haringey

69.72

81.27

92.98

Harrow

76.6

89.95

101.17

Havering

58.36

72.09

83.79

Hillingdon

81

96.07

101.74

Hounslow

71.08

82.6

96.15

Islington

75.42

82.62

97.68

Kensington and Chelsea

85.09

92.97

109.62

Kingston upon Thames

78.84

90.87

96.6

Lambeth

72.09

83.41

91.67

Lewisham

67.71

76.16

83.73

Merton

73.12

83.1

91.76

Newham

61.66

74.45

93.87

Redbridge

75.85

86.62

99.29

Richmond upon Thames

LSVT

LSVT

LSVT

Southwark

70.48

74.51

80.74

Sutton

n/a

n/a

n/a

Tower Hamlets

73.86

84.47

94.49

Waltham Forest

79.29

95.14

111.39

Wandsworth

91.11

120.42

135.37

Westminster

95.75

108.93

130.24

n/a = data not available.

Note:

LSVT—the LA has fully undergone Large Scale Voluntary Transfer of its LA stock to RSLs

Source:

DCLG’s unaudited Second Subsidy Claims Form

Figures on average local authority rents in 2001-02 are not held in a level of detail that is consistent with 2005-06 figures, so the real terms change from 2001-02 to 2005-06 cannot be calculated.

(ii) Average registered social landlord rents, in pounds per week, on two-, three- and four-bedroom dwellings in each London borough in 2005-06 are tabled as follows. The real terms change in average weekly rent on two-, three- and four-bedroom dwellings in each London borough from 2001-02 to 2005-06 is also tabled:

Per week (£)

RSL—average rent 2005-06

Change in rent since 2001-02

Bedroom:

Local authority

Two

Three

Four

Two

Three

Four

Barking and Dagenham

76.07

82.86

91.09

0.55

0.12

-4.02

Barnet

81.44

93.82

101.63

3.39

2.03

1.10

Bexley

71.07

93.31

95.16

-1.50

-2.03

-1.62

Brent

79.67

92.04

105.81

5.59

6.23

2.73

Bromley

77.82

88.32

101.44

1.22

-0.55

-0.78

Camden

84.82

94.57

110.13

6.76

1.22

-0.45

City of London

75.74

87.24

n/a

8.18

8.29

n/a

Croydon

80.97

92.53

105.00

0.50

-2.02

-2.86

Ealing

83.31

97.87

107.73

7.99

7.78

3.40

Enfield

78.49

91.81

104.61

3.86

3.41

2.16

Greenwich

76.95

85.83

96.66

4.21

3.52

4.29

Hackney

73.12

82.83

98.79

5.87

5.62

2.71

Hammersmith and Fulham

78.85

88.59

98.08

7.29

6.89

3.97

Haringey

76.69

87.83

100.49

3.70

1.73

-1.94

Harrow

78.04

91.36

104.90

-0.51

0.45

-0.60

Havering

75.90

93.09

98.99

3.54

-0.85

-1.13

Hillingdon

84.69

94.00

100.47

5.69

2.20

2.56

Hounslow

81.06

89.04

98.68

4.23

1.96

-0.11

Islington

76.55

85.17

102.12

6.46

5.18

5.13

Kensington and Chelsea

77.41

86.86

100.18

8.41

7.83

5.39

Kingston upon Thames

85.95

94.86

109.83

5.91

2.98

14.13

Lambeth

70.73

81.87

95.19

2.48

2.47

2.42

Lewisham

74.07

85.10

99.07

6.23

4.52

5.11

Merton

79.53

89.49

97.10

3.07

1.21

2.87

Newham

79.67

88.24

98.36

3.45

2.17

1.25

Redbridge

80.68

93.25

103.85

0.83

-3.84

-4.18

Richmond upon Thames

79.21

82.62

92.73

4.39

3.83

2.76

Southwark

76.91

87.11

101.48

7.63

5.05

2.77

Sutton

79.38

91.99

99.63

1.95

0.54

1.24

Tower Hamlets

73.82

83.50

99.24

4.77

4.43

4.28

Waltham Forest

75.69

88.73

99.76

2.78

-1.40

-4.57

Wandsworth

83.56

95.25

104.41

7.05

6.01

3.75

Westminster

85.30

93.42

102.87

6.69

5.52

-0.17

n/a = data not available.

Source:

Housing Corporation’s Regulatory Statistical Return (RSR)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many nominations have been offered to each London local authority through sub-regional housing partnerships since their introduction; (99920)

(2) what proportion of new housing units in each London local authority have been offered to other boroughs through the sub-regional housing partnerships since 2003-04; and what proportion that figure represents of all new units in that period.

The Department for Communities and Local Government does not hold detailed information on the sub-regional nominations to London boroughs for new affordable housing funded with social housing grant through the Housing Corporation’s Affordable Housing Programme.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of new housing units in each London local authority were designated as housing for disabled people in each of the last three years. (99922)

The information requested is not held centrally.

As part of Capital Moves, the proposed pan-London choice based lettings and mobility scheme, the Greater London Authority are developing a pan-London accessible housing register to better enable disabled people to find appropriate housing.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the average equity purchase was by people buying shared ownership properties in (a) England, (b) each English region and (c) each London local authority in the last 12 months; (99928)

(2) what estimates she has made of the minimum household income required to enable a purchaser to buy a shared ownership property in (a) England, (b) each English region and (c) each London local authority.

The Department does not set minimum income limits for purchasers of shared ownership properties as this will vary depending on individual circumstances, including other outgoings and whether purchasers have a deposit. HomeBuy agents, as appointed housing associations who handle the application process, will make an assessment based on the maximum share that individual purchasers can afford and sustain.

The average gross household income of purchasers buying a shared ownership property in England in 2005-06 was £26,000.

The average initial equity stake for shared ownership properties in England for the 2005-06 financial year is 49 per cent. Information for each region and for each London local authority is shown in the following tables.

Regional—average initial equity stake purchased

Region

Average (percentage)

London

50

South East

46

South West

47

East Midlands

49

East

49

West Midlands

49

Yorkshire and Humberside

51

North East

51

North West

53

Merseyside

59

London boroughs—average initial equity stake purchased

London boroughs

Average (percentage)

Ealing

44

Southwark

46

Havering

54

Lewisham

59

Bexley

65

Greenwich

44

Tower Hamlets

45

Hounslow

44

Bromley

64

Newham

44

Hammersmith and Fulham

41

Wandsworth

44

City of London

Kensington and Chelsea

39

Croydon

53

Richmond-upon-Thames

50

Harrow

43

Barnet

42

Lambeth

54

Sutton

60

Enfield

48

Hillingdon

49

Brent

45

Merton

65

Hackney

49

Waltham Forest

51

Islington

32

Redbridge

52

Camden

43

Westminster

43

Haringey

50

Barking and Dagenham

42

Kingston upon Thames

57

Note: All information provided by CORE data 2005-06.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to allow arm's-length management organisations greater freedom to develop their role as landlords. (100083)

The ALMO Review published on 7 June sets out how the Government see the long-term role of arm’s-length management organisations (ALMOs). We want to see ALMOs play a wider role in developing successful, mixed communities as well as continuing to improve the quality of housing management services. ALMOs are already undertaking preparatory work on a range of options, including self-financing and new build opportunities, and the Settled Homes pilot scheme that we announced in July. The review also confirmed that high performing ALMOs can bid for social housing grant to build affordable housing in their areas.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) social rented homes and (b) shared ownership homes were built in Reading in each year since 1990. (100137)

The following table shows homes provided for social rent and shared ownership in Reading through the Housing Corporation’s Affordable Housing Programme, Local Authority Social Housing Grant and Starter Home Initiative.

Social rent

Shared ownership

1991-92

89

0

1992-93

207

11

1993-94

91

13

1994-95

170

25

1995-96

361

66

1996-97

254

31

1997-98

127

31

1998-99

240

64

1999-2000

79

1

2000-01

49

8

2001-02

109

18

2002-03

94

104

2003-04

86

121

2004-05

146

143

2005-06

43

36

2006-08

193

72

These figures include both new build and acquisition and refurbishment.

Figures for 2006-08 are indicative and based on allocations made by the Housing Corporation in their 2006-08 Affordable Housing Programme. This does not include shared ownerships and social rented homes funded entirely through Section 106. Nor does it include English Partnerships’ first time buyers programme.