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Housing: Low Incomes

Volume 481: debated on Thursday 23 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much of the public funding available for the provision of affordable housing in the next three years is ring-fenced for such provision in rural areas in (a) Stafford constituency, (b) the West Midlands region and (c) England. (225308)

The Housing Corporation has been set a national target to provide 10,300 affordable homes in smaller rural communities. The Housing Corporation's investment partners can bid for grant funding from the National Affordable Housing Programme. Grant will be allocated to those schemes which meet the needs of local people, the regional strategy and demonstrate strong value for money.

The allocations made to date for units to be completed during 2008-11 for settlements below 3,000 is in (a) Staffordshire (Newcastle-under-Lyme, South Staffordshire and Stafford local authorities): £1.6 million for 27 social rent units and 26 LCHO units, (b) the West Midlands region is £10 million for 208 social rent units and 137 LCHO units and (c) England is £153 million for 3,520 social rent units and 1,572 LCHO units.