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Housing: Low Incomes

Volume 478: debated on Thursday 26 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many affordable houses are forecast to be built in settlements of less than 10,000 in (a) 2008, (b) 2009 and (c) 2010; (212903)

(2) how many affordable homes in settlements of less than 10,000 were completed in each year since 1997.

We have substantially increased our investment in affordable housing, with £8.4 billion being invested initially through the Housing Corporation, and then the Homes and Communities Agency over the next three years. This is planned to deliver 70,000 affordable homes a year by 2010-11, of which 45,000 will be for social rent.

We have set the Housing Corporation a target to provide 10,300 affordable homes in settlements of less than 3,000 between 2008-09 and 2010-11. We have not set any targets for settlements of between 3,000 and 10,000.

We have only partial information on affordable housing completions in settlements of between 3,000 and 10,000, which would not provide a representative picture.