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Social Housing

Volume 456: debated on Tuesday 6 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many council houses are owned by (a) local authorities and (b) housing associations in England; and how many additional houses have been provided by (i) local authorities and (ii) housing associations in each of the last 10 years. (116497)

For information on social housing provision in Wales I refer the hon. Member to the Welsh Assembly Government Statistical Directorate.

In England on 1 April 2006 there were 1,891,980 self-contained units/bed spaces owned by registered social landlords and 2,087,456 dwellings owned by local authorities. These figures refer only to social rent housing units and are as reported by registered social landlords and local authorities.

The additional numbers of social rent dwellings provided by local authorities and registered social landlords in each of the last 10 years in England are given in the following table. A further 7,900 social rent housing units were provided over the period that were funded solely through section 106 agreements.

We have set the Housing Corporation a target to provide 21,000 social rent homes in 2006-07 and 28,000 in 2007-08 through its affordable housing programme. This combined with homes provided through other initiatives including local authorities will allow us to meet our target of providing 30,000 social rented homes a year by 2008.

The majority of public sector investment for new social housing goes to housing associations as they can lever in around 40 per cent. independent borrowing and deliver more units than local authorities for a given amount of public subsidy. The Government are currently looking at ways for local authorities to play a greater role in building more homes.

Additional social rent units provided: England

Local authorities

Registered social landlords

1996-97

451

42,014

1997-98

323

35,457

1998-99

194

33,382

1999-2000

88

28,634

2000-01

179

26,141

2001-02

63

25,642

2002-03

199

23,007

2003-04

191

20,895

2004-05

100

19,527

2005-06

299

20,761

Notes:

1. Includes new build and acquisitions.

2. Excludes 7,900 dwellings funded solely through section 106 agreements.

Source:

Housing Corporation, Local Authorities (HSSA, P2)