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Volume 488: debated on Friday 27 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average weekly rent for local housing was in each local housing authority in the latest period for which figures are available, listed from highest to lowest; what the percentage change in average weekly rent in each authority was in (a) cash and (b) real terms between (i) 1987 and 1997 and (ii) 1997 and 2007-08, listed from highest to lowest in each case. (256135)

Information on average rent for local housing comes from housing revenue account (HRA) subsidy forms. The latest available figures are at end-April 2008. The average weekly rent for local authority housing in each local authority area for this period, listed from highest to lowest, are provided in table 1. A copy of this table has been placed in the Library.

Data prior to 1996 on local housing average rent are not held electronically.

Table 2 provides information on the cash difference and the real terms difference between local authority average rents in 1997 and 2008 for each local authority area, listed from highest to lowest. Copies of these tables have been placed in the Library.

Not all local authorities are listed because some may have transferred their stock by large scale voluntary transfer (LSVT) to registered social landlords.