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Housing: Low Incomes

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 16 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions her Department has had with the third sector on provision of social housing in (a) the West Midlands and (b) Coventry. (158150)

The Department for Communities and Local Government, through the Government office West Midlands, has had no direct discussions with the third sector related to provision of affordable housing either in respect of the West Midlands or Coventry.

Direct contact with the third sector is undertaken by the strategic housing authorities as they work in partnership with both the housing corporation and registered social landlords (RSLs) to develop affordable housing for priority groups.

In 2007 the West Midlands Regional Assembly published its second West Midlands Housing Strategy, which was developed through a comprehensive consultation process across the region with a wide variety of stakeholders, including representatives of the third sector.

Coventry city council operates a strategic housing regeneration fund which provides complementary funding to RSLs as they address the needs of vulnerable people to support independent living.

As such schemes are developed appropriate representation from the third sector voluntary and community groups is a fundamental principle.

Examples of the kind of schemes that Coventry, with the third sector, is currently supporting and developing through the Strategic Housing Regeneration Fund are a housing scheme for lone teenage parents, and supported housing for people with learning disabilities.