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Social Rented Housing

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many social homes there are expected to be in (a) London, (b) Birmingham, (c) Liverpool, (d) Leeds, (e) Sheffield, (f) Bristol, (g) Manchester, (h) Leicester, (i) Coventry, (j) Kingston upon Hull, (k) Bradford, (l) Stoke-on-Trent, (m) Wolverhampton, (n) Nottingham, (o) Plymouth, (p) Southampton, (q) Reading, (r) Derby, (s) Dudley and (t) Newcastle upon Tyne in 2010; (268570)

(2) how many social homes there were in (a) London, (b) Birmingham, (c) Liverpool, (d) Leeds, (e) Sheffield, (f) Bristol, (g) Manchester, (h) Leicester, (i) Coventry, (j) Kingston upon Hull, (k) Bradford, (l) Stoke-on-Trent, (m) Wolverhampton, (n) Nottingham, (o) Plymouth, (p) Southampton, (q) Reading, (r) Derby, (s) Dudley and (t) Newcastle upon Tyne in (i) 2007 and (ii) 2008; and how many there were on 1 March 2009.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Brent, East (Sarah Teather) on 2 April 2009, Official Report, column 1510W. A table has already been placed in the Library to provide the number of social homes owned by local authorities and registered social landlords in 2008, for every local authority area.

A new table showing the number of social homes owned by local authority and registered social landlords in 2007, for every local authority area has been deposited in the Library.

Information on local authority (LA) owned housing stock is collected from local authorities on the Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix (HSSA) return. This information is recorded as at 1 April and is published on the Communities and Local Government website in Table 116 at:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/housing/xls/140882.xls

Information on Registered Social Landlords’ (RSL) stock is collected through the Tenant Services Authority’s Regulatory and Statistical Return (RSR) and is recorded as at 31 March.

Figures for RSLs are for social housing stock owned in England only and include general needs, supported housing and housing for older people accommodation. Both self-contained units and bed spaces are included because a split for local authority areas is not available.

Information is not available for the expected number of social homes in 2010 or for the number of social homes on 1 March 2009.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance the Tenant Services Authority gives to housing associations in respect of the affordability to tenants of rent increases. (269061)

On 29 January 2009, the Tenant Services Authority issued a guidance note to housing associations entitled “Guideline limit for rent increases”—it can be found on their website at:

http://www.tenantservicesauthority.org/server/show/ConWebDoc.16647

The guidance note refers to a circular (04/08) from the former Housing Corporation entitled “Rent, Rent Differentials and Service Charges”. This is available to download at:

http://www.housingcorp.gov.uk/server/show/ConWebDoc.156337PHPSESSID8beeecea4f3ff072063dbe6c96d431a4