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Empty Property

Volume 476: debated on Thursday 22 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the vacancy rate of properties in each housing renewal area in 2007 was as a percentage of the regional vacancy rate; and if she will make a statement. (206826)

The information requested is as follows:

Vacancy rates in Housing Renewal areas and their regions, October 2007

Region/Renewal area

Housing Renewal vacancy rate (percentage)

Region vacancy rate (percentage)

Ratio of HRA to regional vacancy rate

North East

Newcastle Gateshead

5.0

4.1

1.2

North West

Manchester Salford

6.7

4.6

1.5

Merseyside

5.7

4.6

1.3

Oldham and Rochdale

4.7

4.6

1.0

East Lancashire

6.4

4.6

1.4

Yorkshire and the Humber

Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire

5.7

4.5

1.3

South Yorkshire

3.9

4.5

0.9

West Midlands

North Staffordshire

4.6

3.5

1.3

Birmingham and Sandwell

3.7

3.5

1.1

Source:

Council Tax Base