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.