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Housing: Finance

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in which month in 2009 data collection funds from the second round of housing and planning delivery grant will be allocated to local authorities; over what period of data collection his Department will base its second round allocations; and over what period his Department will take a decision on how to allocate the funding. (288824)

A consultation paper setting out changes to the formula for distributing Housing and Planning Delivery Grant was issued in May 2009. The data used to calculate the allocations of the second year of Housing and Planning Delivery Grant (2009-10) have been collected and we hope to make provisional allocations shortly. Following comments from local authorities we will make final allocations and payments in the autumn.

The proposed formula is based on data for housing supply (average net additions) in local authorities over the period 2005-6 to 2007-8. For planning the formula is based on data from 2008-9 for the delivery of local development frameworks, providing land for housing and publishing strategic housing land assessments.