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Housing: Low Incomes

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 30 October 2008, Official Report, column 1270W, on housing: low incomes, what the timetable for all social housing stock to be recorded on the National Register of Social Housing is; and whether it is mandatory for (a) local authorities and (b) housing associations to provide property information for the Register. (252212)

The targets for provision of data to the National Register of Social Housing (NROSH) are phased. The first target is for those local authorities that still own social housing and large housing associations to provide a list of their social housing together with confirmation of ownership and manager by 31 March 2009.

The second target is to provide additional priority attribute data by 31 March 2010. Small housing associations have until 31 March 2010 to provide both the list of dwellings and the priority attributes.

Participation is not currently mandatory. Communities and Local Government and the Tenant Services Authority have a good relationship with local authorities and housing associations and are working closely with them to achieve the targets. NROSH will deliver a step change in the evidence base for social housing as well as reducing the burden of data provision. Data providers are encouraged to provide data as soon as they are able so that the benefits for all can begin to be realised.