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Housing: Low Incomes

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 27 April 2009, Official Report, column 1117W, on housing: low incomes, what the average cash incentive grant was (a) in England and (b) in each region of England in each year since 1997. (272853)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of major works voids in social housing in each (a) region and (b) local authority area in England. (274258)

The term social housing has been interpreted as social rented dwellings let by local authorities or registered social landlords.

A table showing the number of vacant dwellings in each region and local authority area undergoing or awaiting works has been placed in the House Library.

Figures for RSL dwellings that are vacant and awaiting major works are not available at regional or local authority level. However, figures are available showing the number of RSL dwellings which are vacant but unavailable for letting at a local authority and regional level. A table showing these figures has been placed in the House Library. Figures for RSLs are for general needs self-contained units only.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the right to acquire discount limit for each local authority is; (274853)

(2) what discount was available to tenants under the right to acquire scheme in each local authority area in each year since 1997.

The discount available to tenants under the right to acquire scheme in each local authority area is set out in The Housing (Right to Acquire) (Discount) Order 2002 (Statutory Instrument 2002 No 1091). This is available on the website of the Office of Public Sector Administration:

http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2002/uksi_20021091_en.pdf

Between 1997, when the right to acquire scheme was introduced, and 2002, the available discounts were specified annually in the following statutory instruments:

The Housing (Right to Acquire) (Discount) Order 1998 (SI 1998/2014)

The Housing (Right to Acquire) (Discount) Order 1999 (SI 1999/1135)

The Housing (Right to Acquire) (Discount) (Amendment) Order 1999 (SI 1999/3028)

The Housing (Right to Acquire) (Discount) Order 2000 (SI 2000/1622)

The Housing (Right to Acquire) (Discount) Order 2001 (SI 2001/1501)

These are also available on the website of the Office of Public Sector Administration:

http://search.opsi.gov.uk/search?client=semaphore_front end&btnG=Search&site=SI&output=xml_no_dtd&proxystylesheet =opsisearch_semaphore&ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&as_q=right%20to% 20acquire%20discount&as_ft=i&as_occt=any

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much her Department and its predecessors received in right to buy clawbacks in each year since 1997; (274864)

(2) over what period a former social tenant is liable for clawback under the right to buy scheme.

Under section 155 of the Housing Act 1985, social landlords which have sold properties under the right to buy scheme may require former social tenants who have bought properties and choose to dispose of them within five years of the right to buy sale to repay all or part of the discount they received.

The decision on whether to require repayment rests solely with the landlord. Neither the Department for Communities and Local Government nor any of its predecessor Departments have received any funds as a result of social landlords deciding to require former tenants to repay right to buy discount.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 6 May 2009, Official Report, column 245-6W, on housing: low incomes, (1) what the maximum right to buy discount is in each of the local authorities offering cash incentives for their tenants to leave the social rented sector; (274877)

(2) how many local authorities which offer cash incentives for social renters to buy a property are in areas where restricted right to buy discounts apply under the Housing (Right to Buy) (Limits on Discount) (Amendment) Order 2003.

The information requested is set out in the following table. As reported by local authorities through the 2007-08 Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix, the listed local authorities in England provided cash incentive scheme grants, under section 129 of the Housing Act 1988, to assist tenants to acquire an interest in a new home in 2007-08. Grants under section 129 cannot be used for the purpose of assisting local authority tenants buy their existing council home.

£

Local authority offering cash incentive scheme

Maximum right to buy discount

Changed under Housing (Right to Buy)(Limits on Discount)(Amendment) Order 2003 (previously)

Barnet

16,000

(38,000)

Bournemouth

30,000

Camden

16,000

(38,000)

Carrick (now Cornwall Council)

30,000

Chesterfield

24,000

Croydon

16,000

(38,000)

Dartford

38,000

—-

Ealing

16,000

(38,000)

Enfield

16,000

(38,000)

Hackney

16,000

(38,000)

Hammersmith and Fulham

16,000

(38,000)

Harrow

16,000

(38,000)

Hillingdon

16,000

(38,000)

Ipswich

34,000

Kingston upon Thames

16,000

(38,000)

Lambeth

16,000

(38,000)

Lewisham

16,000

(38,000)

Mid Devon

30,000

North Cornwall (now Cornwall Council)

30,000

North Hertfordshire

34,000

Norwich

34,000

Purbeck

30,000

Redbridge

16,000

(38,000)

Redditch

26,000

Selby

24,000

South Cambridgeshire

34,000

St. Albans

34,000

Tendring

34,000

Three Rivers

34,000

Tower Hamlets

16,000

(38,000)

Wandsworth

16,000

(38,000)

Warwick

26,000

Watford

16,000

(34,000)

West Somerset

30,000

Westminster

16,000

(38,000)

Woking

38,000

Wycombe

38,000

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the average cost to a registered social landlord of maintaining a home in each age profile in 2008. (274836)