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Housing: Repairs and Maintenance

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 5 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) percentage increase and (b) cash change in (i) housing management allowance, (ii) housing maintenance allowance and (iii) major works allowance subsidies for local authorities in England was in each year since 1997. (164189)

The percentage and cash changes to the management allowance, maintenance allowance and major repairs allowance are shown in the following table.

Management cash change (£)

Maintenance cash change (£)

MR cash change (£)

Management change

Maintenance change (%)

MRA change (%)

2000-01

6.52

21.67

1

1.8

3.5

1

2001-02

0.51

23.80

1

0.1

3.7

1

2002-03

30.34

42.63

13.66

8.4

6.4

2.5

2003-04

35.61

44.20

13.18

9.1

6.2

2.3

2004-05

49.39

83.54

15.06

11.6

11.0

2.6

2005-06

53.44

91.77

21.64

11.2

10.9

3.6

2006-07

50.15

87.83

16.07

9.5

9.4

2.6

2007-08

21.95

38.58

17.86

3.8

3.8

2.8

2008-09

25.49

34.73

18.52

4.2

3.3

2.8

1 Major repairs allowance introduced in 2001-2002. Note: Data pre-2000-2001 are only available at disproportionate cost.

Figures in the table are based on stock weighted average allowances for England. Certain factors used in the calculation of allowances are updated every year. For instance, the costs of building labour varies regionally and this variation can fluctuate from year to year. This means that the allowances for management, maintenance and the MRA can have regional variations in them from year to year. These variations redistribute the management, maintenance and MRA pot within the allowances, rather than adding extra allowance.