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Housing: Low Incomes

Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many affordable homes for rent or sale to local people were built in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08. (227978)

There were 35,940 new affordable homes built in 2006-07. Figures for 2007-08 are not yet available.

Not all affordable housing is through new build completions. Supply can also come from the acquisition and refurbishment of private sector homes. In 2006-07, an additional 8,390 affordable homes were supplied through acquisitions which are not included in the figure above.

Affordable housing new build figures are from the Housing Corporation Investment Management System (IMS), and HSSA returns and P2 returns submitted to CLG by local authorities.

We do not have any information on whether affordable homes are let or sold to local people.