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Housing: Standards

Volume 490: debated on Monday 30 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department plans to spend on improving the supply and quality of housing in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11 in (i) cash terms and (ii) 2008-09 prices. (265082)

£11.5 billion, with the breakdown by financial year shown in the following table, will be allocated to deliver supply and quality of housing during the current comprehensive spending review period. The Government announced packages of measures in May, July, September, the pre-Budget report and at the Queen’s Speech, to address the current conditions and long-term challenges facing the housing market. This includes £550 million brought forward from the 2010-11 budgets to 2008-09 and 2009-10 from within the national Affordable Housing Programme for social rented housing. This funding is expected to provide an additional 7,500 homes over the next 18 months.

£ billion

Budgets

In 2008-09 prices

2008-09

3.507

3.507

2009-10

4.556

4.489

2010-11

3.469

3.326

Total

11.532

11.322

If the £11.5 billion is expressed in 2008-09 prices, this equates to around £11.3 billion. Conversion to 2008-9 prices has been done using the GDP deflator as published by HMT. Years 2008-09 to 2010-11 are derived from HM Treasury forecasts for GDP deflator increases at the pre-Budget report 2008.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes which did not meet the Decent Homes Standard there were in (a) housing association stock, (b) local authority stock and (c) the private rented sector in each year since 1997. (266515)

[holding answer 26 March 2009]: The Department for Communities and Local Government uses estimates from the English House Condition Survey to compare the condition of homes of different tenures. The survey reported every five years up and including 2001 and annually from 2003.

The Decent Homes standard was updated in 2006 when the introduction of the Housing Health and Safety Rating System replaced the Fitness Standard as the statutory tool for assessing housing conditions. Figures based on the updated definition from 2006 are not comparable with those based on the original definition.

The information requested is provided in the following table. 2008 estimates from the survey will be available in 2010.

Number of homes not meeting the Decent Homes standard in the private and social rented sectors, 1996-2007

Private rented

Local authority

Housing association

Original definition of standard

1996

1,246,000

1,869,000

448,000

2001

1,101,000

1,174,000

472,000

2003

1,056,000

975,000

467,000

2004

994,000

816,000

437,000

2005

1,003,000

729,000

433,000

2006

1,055,000

695,000

436,000

Updated definition of standard

2006

1,223,000

676,000

465,000

2007

1,244,000

652,000

486,000

Note: Figures under the Original definition include the Fitness Standard as the statutory criterion of the standard; figures under the updated definition include the Housing Health and Safety Rating System as the statutory criterion. Source: English House Condition Survey.