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Social Rented Housing

Volume 493: debated on Tuesday 2 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) pursuant to the answer of 26 April 2009, Official Report, columns 729-30W, on social rented housing, how much of the £100 million made available in 2008-09 was spent; and how much of the £300 million advanced to 2009-10 has been spent to date; (274186)

(2) pursuant to the answer of 26 March 2009, Official Report, columns 729-30W, on social rented housing, how many of the additional social rented homes are under construction.

The Homes and Communities Agency’s Affordable Housing Programme provisional spend for 2008-09 was £2.6 billion including the £100 million transferred into this budget from 2010-11 resources. The Homes and Communities Agency accounts will be audited and a copy will be laid before Parliament later this year.

The funds brought forward as part of the 2 September 2008 announcement and pre-Budget report 24 November from 2010-11 into earlier years for social rented homes from within the Affordable Housing Programme budget remains part of that overall programme and delivery of outputs with these brought forward funds is not monitored separately. Targets set for the Homes and Communities Agency will reflect the funds being invested.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many social tenants are housed by housing associations; and how many such tenants have a right to acquire their property. (277022)

There are 1.976 million housing association tenants in England.

Over 210,000 housing association tenants (10 per cent.) may qualify for the right to acquire because their homes have been built with public funds since 1 April 1997. Some of the tenants of the 940,000 homes which have transferred from local authorities to housing associations since 1 April 1997 may also qualify for the right to acquire scheme.

Approximately 18,000 (0.9 per cent.) secure tenants of non-charitable housing associations qualify for the right to buy scheme. In addition, 1.185 million housing association tenants (60 per cent.) who have transferred with their homes from local authorities since 1988 have a preserved right to buy.