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Social Rented Housing: Service Charges

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average annual service charges were for social housing run by (a) local authorities, (b) arms length management organisations and (c) housing associations in each region in England in the latest period for which figures are available. (287510)

Information on average service charges is available for housing associations through the Regulatory and Statistical Return, collected by the Tenant Services Authority. Most service charges are eligible for housing benefit, with the exception of heating and hot water charges.

Table 1 gives average service charges eligible for housing benefit as at 31 March 2008 and is based on only general needs dwellings that have an eligible service charge.

Table 1: Average service charges by region for general needs stock owned by large registered social landlords, as at 31 March 2008

Benefit-eligible service charge

Total stock (Units/beds paces)

Stock with service charge

Average for stock with service charge (£ per week)

East Midlands

78,046

34,256

4.11

East of England

176,712

67,786

4.08

London

259,670

162,113

7.56

North East

106,673

37,928

4.19

North West

308,744

119,394

3.97

South East

230,855

114,203

4.46

South West

135,689

61,217

3.63

West Midlands

183,624

95,447

3.83

Yorkshire and the Humber

139,602

55,339

4.32

England

1,619,615

747,683

4.83

Notes:

1. Figures include data from all housing associations that completed the long version of the RSR and made a valid return (in general those HAs that own or manage 1,000 or more dwellings and/or bedspaces, including shared ownership dwellings).

2. The data cover general needs housing, including Estate Renewal Challenge Fund stock, but exclude all supported housing and housing for older people.

Source:

Tenant Services Authority’s Regulatory and Statistical Return (RSR), part Ia, 2008.

The average service charge ineligible for housing benefit in England, as at 31 March 2008, was £5.11 per week, based on 113,985 dwellings with an ineligible service charge.

Comparable information is not available for local authorities and arms length management organisations.