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Housing: Energy

Volume 496: debated on Monday 20 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effect on the level of demand for the services of accredited energy assessors of his Department’s funding for energy assessments to be performed by Eaga. (286324)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effect on (a) energy efficiency in council homes, (b) the number of new social rented homes, (c) the number of households in temporary accommodation, (d) repairs to council housing stock and (e) the progress of regeneration and housing infrastructure projects of the £775 million in capital funding for housing and regeneration, brought forward from 2010-11 to 2009-10 and 2008-09; and how much of the funding has been spent in each month since it was announced. (286654)

The £775 million consisted of £150 million for social rented housing, through the Affordable Housing Programme; £250 million for decent homes, which has been allocated to fund improvements and improve energy efficiency in council homes; £175 million for major repairs to council housing stock; and £100 million and £80 million respectively for the regional development agencies and Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) to support key regeneration and housing infrastructure projects.

The investment in social rented homes forms part of the National Affordable Housing Programme and is reported as part of that programme. Information on spending for new affordable housing is published in HCA's Annual Report and Accounts. The money for decent homes has been allocated directly to local authorities as part of the overall Decent Homes programme and is not reported on separately. £162 million of the £175 million for major repairs has been allocated to 39 local authorities.

A large number of our programmes are aimed at reducing the number of people in temporary accommodation. Over the past year those households placed in temporary accommodation has reduced by 17 per cent. to 64,000 from a peak of 101,000 in December 2004 (as at 30 March).

The regeneration funding was intended for 2009-10. As sponsor Department for the regional development agencies, the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills leads on the monitoring of the £100 million reprioritised for critical regeneration projects with relevant projects due to begin work in the autumn. The HCA are due to begin investment of the £80 million allocated to them shortly, with work beginning on relevant priority projects during the autumn/winter.

Because these schemes represent elements of wider programmes with established reporting mechanisms, monthly breakdowns of spend are not available.