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Council Housing: Construction

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities have built housing for rent in each of the last 10 years. (289761)

Figures showing total local authority new build completions by local authority to 2007-08 were released in Live Table 253 on the CLG website in October 2008. These include total house building completions by tenure, including local authority completions:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/housing/xls/140921.xls

Some of these completions could be provided for low cost home ownership rather than social rent, but a breakdown of these figures is not available centrally.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to chapter 2, paragraph 52, of Building Britain’s Future, Cm 7654, when he expects construction to start on the council built and owned social rental homes; and what the proposed locations of the new homes are. (290366)

49 local authorities have now made successful applications to the Homes and Communities Agency for grant funding to build new council homes. Construction is expected on the first sites before the end of this year. A table giving the locations and numbers of the new homes has been placed in the Library of the House.

I launched a second bidding round on 28 September 2009. I am to announce successful schemes in December.