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Council Housing

Volume 494: debated on Monday 22 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 15 June 2009, Official Report, column 20W, on housing, in which local authorities the schemes are being operated. (281326)

As at April 2009 Choice Based Lettings housing allocations schemes were being operated in the following local authorities in England:

Adur

Amber Valley

Arun

Ashford

Barking and Dagenham

Barnet

Barnsley

Basildon

Bassetlaw

Bath and North East Somerset

Birmingham

Blackburn with Darwen

Blackpool

Bolton

Boston

Bournemouth

Bradford

Braintree

Brent

Brentwood

Brighton and Hove

Bristol

Broadland

Bromley

Bromsgrove

Broxbourne

Bury

Calderdale

Cambridge

Camden

Canterbury

Carlisle

Chelmsford

Cherwell

Cheshire West and Chester

Chesterfield

Chichester

City of London

Colchester

Cornwall

Cotswold

Coventry

Crawley

Croydon

Dacorum

Dartford

Derby

Derbyshire Dales

Doncaster

Dover

Dudley

Durham

Ealing

East Cambridgeshire

East Devon

East Dorset

East Hampshire

East Hertfordshire

East Northamptonshire

East Staffordshire

Eastbourne

Eastleigh

Enfield

Epping Forest

Epsom and Ewell

Erewash

Exeter

Fareham

Fenland

Forest Heath

Fylde

Gateshead

Gosport

Gravesham

Great Yarmouth

Greenwich

Guildford

Hackney

Hammersmith and Fulham

Harborough

Haringey

Harlow

Harrow

Hart

Hastings

Havant

Havering

Herefordshire, County of

Hertsmere

High Peak

Hillingdon

Hounslow

Huntingdonshire

Islington

Kensington and Chelsea

Kettering

King’s Lynn and West Norfolk

Kingston upon Hull, City of

Kingston upon Thames

Lambeth

Leeds

Lewes

Lewisham

Lichfield

Lincoln

Liverpool

Maidstone

Malvern Hills

Manchester

Mansfield

Medway

Mendip

Merton

Mid Devon

Middlesbrough

Mole Valley

New Forest

Newark and Sherwood

Newcastle upon Tyne

Newham

North East Derbyshire

North Somerset

Northampton

Northumberland

Norwich

Nottingham

Oldham

Oxford

Peterborough

Plymouth

Poole

Preston

Purbeck

Reading

Redbridge

Redditch

Reigate and Banstead

Rochdale

Rother

Rotherham

Rushmoor

Salford

Sandwell

Sedgemoor

Sefton

Sevenoaks

Sheffield

Shepway

Shropshire

Solihull

South Cambridgeshire

South Derbyshire

South Gloucestershire

South Norfolk

South Oxfordshire

South Ribble

South Somerset

South Staffordshire

South Tyneside

Southampton

Southend-on-Sea

Southwark

St. Edmundsbury

St. Helens

Stevenage

Stockport

Stoke-on-Trent

Stratford-on-Avon

Sunderland

Surrey Heath

Sutton

Swale

Swindon

Tameside

Tandridge

Taunton Deane

Telford and Wrekin

Test Valley

Thanet

Three Rivers

Thurrock

Tonbridge and Malling

Torbay

Tower Hamlets

Trafford

Tunbridge Wells

Uttlesford

Vale of White Horse

Wakefield

Walsall

Waltham Forest

Warrington

Warwick

Waveney

Waverley

Wealden

West Berkshire

West Devon

West Somerset

Westminster

Weymouth and Portland

Wigan

Wiltshire

Winchester

Wirral

Woking

Worcester

Wychavon

Wyre

Wyre Forest

York

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 7 May 2009, Official Report, column 383W, on council housing (1) which organisations undertook the external research; on what subjects; and how much was paid to each such organisation; (281527)

(2) on what dates the external research for the review of council housing finance was commissioned.

The information requested is in the following table.

Research

Date commissioned

Researcher

Cost (£)

Purpose of research

Evaluation of Management and Maintenance costs

2 July 2008

Housing Quality Network

44,330

To determine the costs of running the day to day landlord service (including redistribution analysis and housemark data provision)

Review of the Major Repairs Allowance

1 September 2008

Building Research Establishment

50,835

Analysis of the need to spend on major repairs of the housing stock in order to maintain the Decent Homes standard

Tenant Focus Groups

9 September 2008

GFK-NOP

28,898

Analysis of tenant attitudes towards council housing finance and rents policy

Rents Analysis

2 October 2008

Professor Steve Wilcox, University of York

18,500

A set of briefings and analysis on rents and related topics to inform the HRA review

Processing of Tenant Questionnaires

28 October 2008

Sharp Research

8,550

Debt Analysis

19 November 2008

Tribal

16,400

Analysis of the options for dealing with debt in local authority housing.

Other research expense included ongoing advice from the CLG expert panel and use of the Housing Corporation residents panels through the second half of 2008 totalling around £30,000.