[holding answer 1 February 2007]: 44 of the 650 registered social landlords funded by the Housing Corporation in the three years 2003-06 could be considered in some way faith-based on the basis of their constitutions. These received £52.2 million in grant over the three-year period out of a total spend of £4.9 billion, or just over 1 per cent. We do not currently have figures covering the years 1997 to 2003.
‘Faith-based’ here includes several categories:
(i) organisations which are run only or substantially by members of that faith;
(ii) those required to operate in the spirit of a faith or in furtherance of that faith; or
(iii) those that require that homes are let only or substantially to members of that faith, or ethnic groups closely identified with a particular faith.
In 2003-06, £40.8 million was paid to organisations in the second category, i.e. which operate in the spirit of a faith.
The majority of faith-based organisations are Christian, but we do not hold details on how many are Catholic.