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Housing: Expenditure

Volume 461: debated on Friday 15 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much from public funds was paid to Catholic housing agencies in each year since 1997. (117948)

[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.