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Housing: Subsidies

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 29 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) which local authorities are eligible for housing revenue account subsidy; and how much was granted to each eligible local authority in each year for which there are records; (127669)

(2) how much each local authority in England paid back to the Exchequer from their housing revenue account in each year since 1990.

I have placed the information requested in the Library of the House in a form of a table showing the amount of positive and negative housing revenue account subsidy entitlement for every eligible authority since 1994-95. Earlier information can only be retrieved at disproportionate cost.

The definition of negative subsidy was changed by the Local Government Act 2003, which came into force on 1 April 2004. The figures given are directly comparable, though the terminology changed between the financial years.

In the most recent year for which audited data are available (2005-06), the Exchequer made an annual contribution of over £200 million.