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Housing: Standards

Volume 473: debated on Thursday 13 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much is expected to be spent on bringing homes up to the decent homes standard in the next three years. (191768)

It is for local authorities and registered social landlords to determine what they spend on making homes decent using all the resources available to them. The Government make available funding for capital investment purposes.

The resources made available for the next three years from the comprehensive spending review 2007 that local authorities can use to deliver decent homes are in the following table. Final allocations for each year have yet to be determined.

Funding

Gap funding for RSLs to support stock transfer

£240 million

ALMO supported capital expenditure

£2.4 billion

Regional housing pot: local authority improvements to, and regeneration of, existing stock (both local authority owned and in the private sector)

£2 billion

In addition local authorities will make use of the allowances for major repairs that are provided through the annual housing revenue account subsidy determination. In 2008-09 this is £1,317 million.

Local authorities have powers to assist vulnerable households living in the very worst conditions by developing flexible approaches to respond to locally specific conditions, and to find ways to make their resources go further through the use of loans and equity release schemes.