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Housing: Low Incomes

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 5 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2008, Official Report, column 583W, on housing: low incomes, what the overall APRs would be in scenarios (b) and (c) of the answer, given the effect of interest being charged at three per cent. a year after the first five years on part two of the equity loan. (189242)

The information requested is not held centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make it her policy to deliver affordable housing equally in urban and rural areas. (191559)

The Government expect to see increased delivery of housing supply, particularly in terms of affordable housing, to meet needs in all parts of the country. Delivery should be based on regional and local priorities with an assessment of the need for affordable housing after taking into account household growth projections and other socio-economic factors. In the next three years, for the purpose of setting targets, we have focussed on those smaller rural settlements where delivery is the most challenging. Our new national target commits the Housing Corporation to deliver 10,300 completed affordable housing units in settlements of less than 3,000 inhabitants over the period 2008-11.