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Housing: Low Incomes

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what definition she uses of overcrowding in relation to social housing. (153695)

Under the standards set out in Section 324 of Part 10 of the Housing Act 1985 a dwelling is overcrowded when the number of people sleeping in the dwelling is such as to contravene either the 'room standard' or the 'space standard'.

The room standard is breached if the number of people sleeping in a dwelling, and the number of rooms available as sleeping accommodation, are such that two people of opposite sexes who are not living together as husband and wife must sleep in the same room. Children under 10 do not count.

The space standard specifies the maximum number of people who may sleep in a dwelling, and in the available rooms within it, having regard to (i) the number of available rooms of 50 square feet or more and (ii) the floor area of each room. Two calculations are required and the lower number applies. Babies under one year old do not count, and children between one and 10 count as half.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether National Register of Social Housing is maintained in-house or by an external company. (153910)

The National Register of Social Housing is a database containing information on the individual dwellings which make up the stock of social housing in England. It is under development and currently contains records of 30 per cent. of the stock. The database is maintained in house by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many council-owned houses have been built for rent in each West Midlands metropolitan district since 1997. (156717)

The number of council-owned houses built for rent for the period 1996-97 to 2006-07 as reported by the seven West Midlands metropolitan districts is shown as follows:

Permanent dwellings completed by local authorities

Birmingham

0

Coventry

0

Dudley

0

Sandwell

66

Solihull

0

Walsall

0

Wolverhampton

0

Source:

P2 new build from local authorities