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Council Housing

Volume 462: debated on Monday 25 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) set up and (b) running costs are of the National Register of Social Housing. (143634)

The development costs were £2.5 million and the running costs for Communities and Local Government are currently £115,000 per annum.

The National Register of Social Housing collects information on the size, type, standard, energy efficiency, accessibility, rents and turnover of all social housing in England and Wales. It will provide statistics for the Neighbourhood Statistics Service and for any geographical area and will be available for local and regional authorities and housing associations to help them improve their strategies to provide affordable housing and meet local needs. It will lead to a reduction of the burden on data providers when it replaces the current forms based systems for collection of data.