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Social Rented Housing

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 5 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she has plans to replace the MoveUK scheme with different arrangements. (189540)

The Government recognise the importance of promoting mobility within the social housing sector. In July we re-launched two of the former moveUK schemes, the Seaside and Country Homes and LAWN, and these are on target to deliver 500 to 600 mobility (home moves) per year.

We have also announced additional funding of £3.8 million to support sub-regional choice based lettings schemes to widen the scope for mobility.

We are also considering how best to support and facilitate other wider national mobility options.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the cause of the recent performance of the MoveUK scheme; and if she will make a statement. (189554)

I refer the hon. Member to the written ministerial statement of 18 September 2006, Official Report, column 133WS, on Housing Employment Mobility Services (moveUK). The then Minister for Housing and Planning outlined that the Department

'decided to terminate this agreement in the interests of the public and the taxpayer because of serious concerns about the performance and fitness for purpose of the software developed by SSPL [the Contractor] to provide those services'.