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Housing: Low Incomes

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 30 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many affordable homes have been built in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire in each year since 1997. (271258)

Information on affordable housing completions is collected by the East of England Regional Assembly using returns from local authorities. It is available by borough/district council for the years since 2001 only.

The following table sets out the numbers of affordable housing completions and this amount as a percentage of total housing completions.

Hemel Hempstead (Dacorum Borough)

Affordable housing completions (net)

Total housing completions (net)

Affordable housing as a percentage of total completions

2001-02

44

318

14

2002-03

101

642

16

2003-04

28

430

7

2004-05

55

301

18

2005-06

-29

167

0

2006-07

137

413

33

2007-08

118

391

30

Total

454

2,662

17

Note:

The figure for affordable housing completions in 2005/06 (-29) includes demolition of council affordable housing stock.

Hertfordshire

Affordable housing completions (net)

Total housing completions (net)

Affordable housing as a percentage of total completions

2001-02

489

3,151

16

2002-03

577

3,214

18

2003-04

589

3,085

19

2004-05

862

4,043

21

2005-06

842

4,054

21

2006-07

1,222

4,343

28

2007-08

1,168

4,277

27

Total

5,749

26,167

22

Note:

Figures are provided by the East of England Regional Assembly and may show minor differences to local authority’s own annual monitoring data.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what additional funding will be provided to the Homebuy Direct scheme as a result of the Budget 2009; and how many additional homes it is expected to purchase; (271379)

(2) how many homes she expects to be purchased under the Homebuy Direct scheme in each of the next three years.

I announced in December 2008 that sufficient funding had been made available to help up to 18,000 first-time buyers enter affordable home ownership through the HomeBuy Direct scheme by the end of 2009-10. The actual number of transactions will depend on take-up.

£400 million of additional funding will be made available as a result of the Budget to unlock currently stalled housing developments, leveraging in private development finance through a combination of reducing up-front costs with equity, gap and infrastructure funding, and additional funding for social and affordable housing. We estimate that this will provide up to 5,000 properties over the next two years to help first-time buyers, including through our HomeBuy Direct and Rent to HomeBuy schemes. The precise amount of additional funding provided to the HomeBuy Direct scheme will depend on the sites that come forward from developers, and ultimately on take-up by buyers.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 23 April 2009, Official Report, columns 886-87W, on housing: low incomes, how much of the funding originally intended for allocation to local authorities in 2010-11 has been brought forward for use in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10. (272109)

Communities and Local Government brought forward £1,475 million from 2010-11 as a result of initiatives announced in the September Housing Package and pre-Budget report. £250 million of this had been allocated for the Decent Homes programme. £130 has been brought forward to 2008-09 and £120 million to 2009-10.

In addition, the Department has already allocated £162 million to local authorities from a total pot of up to £175 million brought forward from 2010-11 to 2009-10 to accelerate major repairs to council housing stock.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new build social homes were built in each (a) region and (b) local authority area in each year since 1997. (272208)

A table showing the number of new homes built for social rent by region and local authority for each year from 1997-98 has been deposited in the Library.

The social rent new build figures are from the Homes and Communities Agency Investment Management System (IMS), and Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix (HSSA) returns and P2 house building returns submitted to CLG by local authorities.

Not all social rented housing is provided by new build completions, as some supply can come from acquisitions. For example, an additional 3,980 social rented homes were acquired in England in 2007-08; these are not included in the table.