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Social Rented Housing

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effect of the economic turndown on the number of new social homes to be provided through the section 106 process in the next 12 months. (251727)

Ministers and officials have been meeting housing associations and the National Housing Federation to discuss provision of affordable housing in the current housing market downturn, including the impact of a potential downturn on section 106 activity. In response, we have taken a number of steps to encourage delivery including allowing the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) increased flexibility on levels of grant funding to support development. The HCA will assess each bid on a case by case basis to ensure it meets its funding criteria, including value for money requirements.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of new social housing has been provided under section 106 agreements in the last 12 months. (251728)

In 2007-08, 51 per cent. (14,860) out of a total of 29,370 new homes for social rent were provided under section 106 agreements.