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Social Rented Housing: Standards

Volume 487: debated on Monday 9 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the costs of renovating social housing which does not meet the decent homes standard in (a) Ribble Valley, (b) Lancashire and (c) nationally to a condition which does meet the standard. (254572)

The cost per house of meeting the decent homes standard varies across the country and the Department does not collect those figures separately.

Local authorities are refurbishing the houses in their areas either at or above the decent homes standard. What the improved standard is and how it will be achieved will be determined by local circumstances and the level of resources that can be brought to the programme locally.

Ribble Valley borough council transferred its housing to a registered social landlord, Ribble Valley Homes, on 31 March 2008 under large scale voluntary transfer arrangements, in order to deliver the Decent Homes investment required.