In June 2007, we published the Housing Green Paper: “Homes for the future: more affordable, more sustainable” in which I announced £8 billion for affordable housing during the comprehensive spending review period. This represents a 38 per cent. increase on current spending. The funding will enable us to deliver 70,000 more affordable homes by 2010. We are also committed to providing 45,000 new affordable homes for rent by 2010-11 (a 50 per cent. increase) and 25,000 shared ownership and shared equity homes a year funded by the Housing Corporation. In addition, we will look to support additional shared ownership homes through public sector land and local housing companies.
Since April 2006, key workers have priority access to all of the Government’s low cost home ownership products. Regional Housing Assemblies can focus resources where local need is greatest for example by prioritising key worker groups for assistance. We are currently waiting for the Regional Housing Board’s recommendations on how investment should be spent over the next three years in the south east.
(2) how many key workers were housed through the Key Worker Living Scheme in East Worthing and Shoreham in each year since the scheme’s inception, broken down by key worker profession;
(3) how many key workers were provided with (a) Open Market HomeBuy, (b) New Build HomeBuy and (c) an intermediate rental through the Key Worker Living Scheme in East Worthing and Shoreham in each year since its inception;
(4) how many key workers in East Worthing and Shoreham are awaiting support via the Key Worker Living Scheme; and how many of those on waiting lists are listed for (a) Open Market HomeBuy, (b) New Build HomeBuy and (c) intermediate rental.
DCLG commissioned an independent evaluation of the Key Worker Living (KWL) Scheme which was published in September 2006. The evaluation was undertaken by GHK Consulting and the Centre for Urban and Regional studies at the University of Birmingham.
The study found that the KWL scheme is making a positive contribution towards improving recruitment and retention of key workers.
It is for individual Departments and the regional assemblies to assess the impact on public sector recruitment and retention in specific regions.
(2) what percentage of funding available for key worker housing in (a) East Worthing and Shoreham and (b) West Sussex was provided for (i) open market solutions and (ii) new build schemes.
Funding allocations for the Key Worker Living programme were set in 2004 for the period 2004-05 to 2005-06. Of the funding available for key worker housing in the south east, 11 per cent. was given to the provision of housing in the county of West Sussex.
The following table shows the percentage of funding available for key worker housing that was allocated in the county of West Sussex (which includes the local authorities of Worthing and Adur) for (i) Open Market HomeBuy, (ii) New Build HomeBuy and (iii) intermediate rental.
Percentage New Build 19 Intermediate Rent 2 Open Market HomeBuy1 80 1 2004-06 Open Market HomeBuy includes Kent, East and West Sussex as part of the HomeBuy zone
Open Market HomeBuy1
1 2004-06 Open Market HomeBuy includes Kent, East and West Sussex as part of the HomeBuy zone
Since April 2006, the Government no longer allocate funds for schemes specifically designated for key workers. Key workers now have priority access to all of the Government’s low-cost home ownership products.
HomeBuy Agents provide a one- stop-shop service for assessing eligibility and marketing low-cost home ownership schemes. HomeBuy agents are required to provide the Housing Corporation with a monthly self-assessment of compliance against Key Performance Standards, which are monitored by the Housing Corporation.
No final decisions have been made on funding for private sector housing renewal in the south west. We are currently considering advice from the regional assemblies on funding priorities for their areas. Through the Comprehensive Spending Review £789 million has been made available in the south west through the regional housing pot over the next three years to fund housing capital programmes including those for private sector renewal. The region’s allocation for the period ending 2010-11 is 50 per cent. higher than that for 2007-08. We remain committed to making funding available for private sector decent homes and in seeking the regional assemblies' priorities for funding we have asked them to continue to prioritise those most in need.