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Energy: Conservation

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 3 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will estimate the energy efficiency ratings of council-owned housing in the City of Newcastle; and what improvements in that rating she has required in the next phase of the Decent Homes programme. (196112)

Newcastle city council have been required to report against Best Value Performance Indicator 63 entitled ‘Average Standards Assessment Procedure (SAP) rating for all HRA (local authority) dwellings’ using SAP 2001 methodology. Their returns are shown as follows.

SAP

2002-03

50.1

2003-04

Not known

2004-05

58.16

2005-06

59

2006-07

61

The Government have not taken any decisions about work following on from the Decent Homes programme. On December 12 the then Housing Minister my right hon. Friend the Member for Pontefract and Castleford announced a review of the financing of council housing. The purpose of the review of the Housing Revenue Account Subsidy System is to ensure that we have a sustainable, long term system for financing council housing. One of the work streams of the review is considering the issue of costs and standards for council housing. This work will help to inform any decision about a capital investment programme that will follow the decent homes programme.