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Housing: Standards

Volume 458: debated on Monday 26 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many arm’s length management organisations (ALMOs) managed residential properties have been brought up to the Decent Homes Standard since the start of the ALMOs programme in April 2002; and how many were brought up to that standard in the most recent 12 month period for which figures are available. (126472)

[holding answer 14 March 2007]: The following table, based on returns from local authorities and ALMOs, shows the number of dwellings managed on behalf of the council by ALMOs which have been made decent in each year since 2002-03.

Number of homes made decent by ALMOs

Dwellings

2002-03

21,949

2003-04

46,050

2004-05

48,583

2005-06

53,849

2006-071

51,524

Total

221,955

1Forecast.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many residents of arm’s length management organisations (ALMOs) managed residential properties have lived in homes brought up to the Decent Homes Standard (a) since the start of the ALMOs programme in April 2002 and (b) in the most recent 12 month period for which figures are available. (126474)

[holding answer 14 March 2007]: Communities and Local Government does not currently collect specific returns on residents whose homes, managed on behalf of the council by ALMOs, have been brought up to the Decent Homes Standard. However, by using an average number of people per council home we can estimate the following figures.

Number of residents living in homes made decent by ALMOs

Residents

2002-03

48,946

2003-04

102,692

2004-05

108,340

2005-06

120,083

2006-071

114,899

Total

494,960

1 Forecast.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions she has had with the Department for Work and Pensions on how its village agent workforce can work in tandem with home improvement agencies. (128057)

I have been asked to reply.

Extensive discussions have taken place and the village agent workforce is already working in tandem with home improvement agencies.

Village agents have strong links with the HIAs, building on their association with the community and adult care helpdesk and its FASTtrack minor adaptations service. The links between the organisations work in two directions as the HIA will also contact the adult helpdesk if they feel that a person who has been referred to them from another area would benefit from the assistance of the adult helpdesk and village agent if applicable.

There are already results covering a range of referrals covering a wide band of HIA services.