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Demolition: Finance

Volume 476: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much housing renewal grant funding has been allocated for demolition of properties in each of the housing renewal pathfinder areas in 2008-09; and if she will make a statement; (206828)

(2) what estimate she has made of the number of (a) demolitions and (b) repairs, improvements and refurbishments in each of the housing renewal pathfinder areas in 2008-09; and if she will make a statement.

Allocations to Housing Market Renewal pathfinders are made for the totality of their programmes, and not for individual elements, on the basis of strategies set out in their business plans. It is for individual pathfinders to judge how much should be spent on particular activities, taking into account local market conditions and the outcome of local consultations.

In terms of outputs for 2008-09, pathfinders are currently considering their detailed plans in light of the specific funding allocations from the additional £1 billion of investment from this Department announced on 28 February 2008. Output targets will be agreed with the Department in due course, and set out in Funding Agreements for the year, copies of these will be placed in the Library of the House.