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Housing: Low Incomes

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many completed Social Homebuy transactions there have been in each Government Office region. (288225)

The following table shows the number of social homebuy sales in each Government office region between April 2006 and June 2009. Social homebuy is a voluntary and demand-led scheme in which only some social landlords choose to participate. It is one of several options available to help social tenants into home ownership. Purchasers can buy shares of between 25 and 100 per cent.

Region

Number of social homebuy sales

North East

16

North West

63

Yorkshire and the Humber

19

West Midlands

21

East Midlands

5

East

6

South East

32

Greater London

151

South West

2

Total

315

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of social housing units contained households with at least one person in paid work in (a) 1979, (b) 1997 and (c) the most recent year for which figures are available. (288226)

Estimates of the number and proportion of social sector households with at least one person in employment in 1997 and 2008 are provided in the following table. Data are not available for 1979. These estimates are based on data from the ONS Labour Force Survey.

Social sector households with at least one person in employment, England, 1997 and 2008

Thousands

Percentage

1997

1,433

35

2008

1,425

39

Source:

ONS, Labour Force Survey.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made towards the Government's target of delivering at least 70,000 affordable houses by 2010. (288324)

Provisional figures from the Homes and Communities Agency show a total of 47,000 affordable homes were provided in 2008-09. Market conditions have made the delivery of affordable housing much more challenging. Along with additional investment from the Housing Pledge and steps the Government have already taken, we will deliver 20,000 more affordable homes than would otherwise have been possible and allow us to deliver over 56,000 affordable homes in 2010-11.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what formula is used to allocate between regions additional monies under the National Affordable Housing Programme. (288475)

Flexibility will be applied to the additional funding for the national Affordable Housing Programme and will reflect the extent to which local areas in regions respond on delivery and value for money.