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Council Housing: Brighton and Hove

Volume 493: debated on Tuesday 2 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether (a) she, (b) other Ministers and (c) officials in her Department have had any recent meetings with HM Treasury representatives at which the proposed funding structure for Brighton and Hove City Council’s local delivery vehicle has been discussed. (276635)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households were in temporary accommodation in Brighton and Hove in each of the last three years. (276636)

Information about English local authorities’ actions under the homelessness legislation (part 7 of the Housing Act 1996) is collected quarterly at local authority level.

Data collected include the number of households accepted by local housing authorities as eligible for assistance, unintentionally homeless and in priority need, and therefore owed a main homelessness duty (to secure that suitable accommodation is available). If a settled home is not immediately available, the authority must secure temporary accommodation until a settled home becomes available.

Information on the number of households housed in temporary accommodation is reported quarterly by local authorities as at the last day of each quarter. The figures include: those households which have been accepted as owed the main homelessness duty; those for which inquiries are pending; those being accommodated for a limited period because they have been found intentionally homeless and in priority need; those being accommodated pending possible referral to another authority, and those being accommodated pending the outcome of a local authority review or county court appeal.

The number of households in temporary accommodation arranged by Brighton and Hove, as at the end of December for each of the last three years is shown in the following table.

Number of households in temporary accommodation arranged by Brighton and Hove, as at 31 December 2006-08

Number

2006

622

2007

487

2008

388

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many representations have been received by her Department from (a) people and (b) social housing tenants in Brighton and Hove on (i) a further stock transfer ballot and (ii) a transfer of housing stock to registered social landlords; and how many such representations were in favour of a stock transfer. (276637)

We have not received any correspondence regarding proposals to transfer Brighton and Hove city council's housing stock since the ballot the council held in February 2007.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has provided to Brighton and Hove City Council on (a) private finance options for funding its local delivery vehicle and (b) its budgeting for prudential borrowing. (276638)

We have not issued any guidance, but have written to the council about their proposals. We are awaiting a response.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she plans to announce her decision on Brighton and Hove City Council's proposed local delivery vehicle. (276639)

We have written to the council subsequent to its formal application for consent to lease stock to its proposed local delivery vehicle and are awaiting a response.