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Migration: Housing Plans

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 16 October 2007

26. To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will hold discussions with the Home Secretary on the potential impact of migration on the Government's plans for housing. (158176)

Household growth in England is being driven by a combination of factors, including increasing longevity, growing numbers of people living alone and migration. The most recent household projections indicate that 223,000 new households will form each year up to 2026, of which 155,000 or 70 per cent., will be single person households.

Ministers from the Home Office and Communities and Local Government discuss the impact of migration on a range of services throughout the United Kingdom, including housing, at meetings of the Migration Impacts Forum.

The Forum, which has a remit to focus on the transitional impacts and social benefits of migration experienced by local areas, is co-chaired by Ministers from the Home Office and Communities and Local Government, and is made up of representatives from both within and outside of Government. The next meeting of the Forum will take place on 17 October.