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Housing: Disabled

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many local authorities with housing responsibilities in England have an adapted homes register; (155970)

(2) what assessment she has made of the merits of requiring all local authorities with housing responsibilities to maintain an adapted homes register;

(3) what assessment she has made of the merits of the creation of a nationwide adapted homes register.

The Department does not collect information about social landlords who hold adapted homes registers (otherwise known as accessible housing registers).

The Government want to see social landlords make the best use of housing stock, including accommodation which is accessible or has been adapted. We recognise that accessible housing registers can be useful and the current statutory guidance to local authorities on the allocation of accommodation encourages their use.

The Department’s Disability Equality Scheme published in December 2006 includes a commitment to establish whether and what the role is for accessible housing registers (AHRs) within the context of our choice-based lettings policy1 and the development of the National Register of Social Housing (NROSH).

NROSH will be a central record of each individual unit of social housing (local authority and housing association stock). This includes property referencing, size type and age of dwelling, category of provision, decent homes standard, accessibility, tenure, rent, service charges and vacancy status. The Data Standards document describing these fields is on the Communities and Local Government website at:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/housing/housingresearch/housingstatistics/housingdataprojects/nationalregister

Data collection is not yet complete.

In addition, the Department is providing support (£760,000 over two years 2006--08) to develop a pan-London choice-based lettings scheme (‘Capital Moves’) including the development of a London-wide accessible housing register.

1 CBL schemes are about advertising available social housing for which applicants can bid. We have set a target for all local authorities to have implemented CBL by 2010.