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Council Housing: Repairs and Maintenance

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 16 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will set a target for clearing the backlog of council house repairs. (157358)

In 1997 the Government set a target to clear the £19 billion backlog of repairs to council housing. In 2001 this target was incorporated into the new “Decent Homes” target to bring all social housing into a decent condition.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what change there has been in the council housing repair backlog since 2001; how many houses were awaiting repair in 2001; and how many are awaiting repair. (157360)

Latest local authority annual Business Plans estimated that 1 million local authority dwellings were awaiting improvement work as at 1 April 2007, compared with 2.2 million at the same point in 2001.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her most recent estimate is of the number of (a) housing association properties, (b) directly managed properties and (c) arms length management properties which will not meet the decent homes standard by 2010. (157395)

We expect 95 per cent. of social sector homes to be decent by 2010, this will leave around 200,000 social homes below the decent homes standard. This breaks down to around 40,000 non-decent homes owned by registered social landlords and 160,000 owned by local authorities. We do not yet have detailed information which will allow us to break down the local authority data between those homes managed by ALMOs and those directly managed by the council.