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Housing: Low Incomes

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimates she has made of (a) the number of affordable houses that will be built by (i) 2010 and (ii) 2020 and (b) the proportion of those that will be accessible. (179348)

We announced in the Housing Green Paper an increase of new affordable housing to at least 70,000 per annum by 2010-11. Of these 45,000 homes will be for social rent and 25,000 for low cost home ownership. We have a goal to go further in subsequent years to 50,000 new homes for social rent in the next spending review period.

The number of social rented homes to be provided from 2011-12 will be the subject of further spending reviews.

The Housing Corporation is committed to increasing the number of homes built to Lifetime Homes Standards (LHS) in their 2008 to 2011 Affordable Housing programme and are actively seeking to encourage bids to include LHS in the current bidding round. From 2011, public sector funded homes will be built to LHS.