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Social Rented Housing

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authority homes were sold under right to buy in each of the last five years; and how many new homes were built by (a) local authorities and (b) registered social landlords in each of the last five years. (136381)

The numbers of local authority homes sold through the right to buy scheme in each of the last five years are shown in the following table 1:

Table 1: Local authority dwellings sold through the right to buy scheme: England

Right to buy sales

2001-02

51,968

2002-03

63,394

2003-04

69,577

2004-05

49,983

2005-06

26,654

Source:

Statistical returns from local authorities (P1B)

The numbers of affordable homes delivered by local authorities and registered social landlords in each of the last five years are shown in the following table 2. Affordable housing includes both social rent and intermediate housing. Intermediate housing includes low cost homeownership and intermediate rent.

Table 2: Affordable homes delivered1: England

Local authorities

Registered social landlords

2001-02

63

32,143

2002-03

199

31,881

2003-04

191

36,910

2004-05

100

35,942

2005-06

299

44,640

1 Includes both acquisitions and new build.

Source:

Statistical returns from local authorities (P2), Housing Corporation

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will revise the system of consultations between public sector long leaseholders and registered social landlords under the 1985 Landlord and Tenant Act to require full consultation between the two parties in each case. (139051)

Section 20 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 (as amended by section 151 of the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002) requires that leaseholders must be consulted before the landlord carries out works above a certain value (currently where the amount exceeds £250 for any individual leaseholder) or enters into a long-term agreement (currently where the amount exceeds £100 for any individual leaseholder per year) for the provision of services.

We have no current plans to amend these consultation requirements.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the administrative costs were of the 10 (a) largest and (b) smallest registered social landlords in England in 2006-07. (139982)