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Social Rented Housing: Lancashire

Volume 477: debated on Friday 20 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what projection she has made of the likely future change in numbers of available social housing units in (a) Chorley, (b) South Ribble, (c) Bolton and (d) Preston. (212324)

Social housing is funded by the Housing Corporation which in autumn 2007 published the National Affordable Housing Programme (NAHP) 2008-11 Prospectus, which outlines priorities for funding over the three-year period.

40 per cent. of the initial North West allocation of the 2008-11 NAHP has already been committed, with a total of £8.55 million allocated to 19 accepted schemes in the local authorities areas identified. In contrast to previous programmes, the Housing Corporation has decided not to allocate all the available resources at the first bidding round. Additional allocations are timetabled to be made quarterly, from April 2008 to October 2010 (or when resources are fully committed), to enable housing associations to be more responsive to land acquisition and development opportunities.

The following table provides a breakdown of funding by local authority and Housing Corporation social housing type.

Sponsor LA Name

Type

Total grant requested (£)

Number of units

Bolton

LCHO

1,623,000

62

Bolton

RENT

2,316,196

44

Chorley

LCHO

600,000

30

Chorley

RENT

2,217,222

48

Preston

LCHO

150,000

5

Preston

RENT

1,650,000

15

South Ribble

0

0

Total

8,556,418

204

Notes:

LCHO - Low Cost Home Ownership

RENT - Socially Rented