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Social Rented Housing: Standards

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding his Department has allocated in respect of the Decent Homes programme in 2009-10; and what funding he intends to allocate in 2010-11. (286602)

The Department for Communities and Local Government investment in the Decent Homes programme will be provided through the housing revenue account (HRA) subsidy system in the form of local authorities’ supported capital expenditure (SCE), arms length management organisations’ supported borrowing allocations and major repairs allowance (MRA). The level of spending is reducing as landlords come to the end of the decent homes investment programmes.

We have also reprioritised funding from the ALMO programme. On 17 July, I announced £150 million in 2010-11 would be reprioritised from this programme, to enable investment of a further £1.5 billion to build an extra 20,000 new affordable homes for rent and low cost sale. This includes a new role for local authorities in the delivery of housing, enabling them to build 3,000 additional council homes over the next two years, which is a four-fold expansion of the scheme announced at the Budget. 12 ALMOs that have not yet met the Audit Commission’s two-star standard to be eligible for support are more likely to receive funding in 2011-12. We remain fully committed to complete the Decent Homes programme, and once completed, to seeing this standard maintained in the future. The reforms to the council housing finance system set out in the consultation document I published on 21 July will safeguard our commitment to future decent homes.

£ million



Local authorities supported capital expenditure



ALMO supported borrowing allocations



Major repairs allowance



1 Not yet known.