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Rural Areas: Housing

Volume 470: debated on Friday 25 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when details of the Rural Housing Challenge Fund will be announced. (181347)

As part of its preparations for the comprehensive spending review (CSR) during the summer of 2007, DEFRA asked the Housing Corporation to provide advice on the feasibility of a potential funding programme to improve the delivery of affordable rural housing at local level. That advice will be carefully considered in decisions about departmental spending priorities over the CSR period. No decisions about the fund have yet been made. We are currently finalising the Department’s overall funding package and an announcement will be made shortly.