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Housing: Low Incomes

Volume 498: debated on Wednesday 28 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his most recent estimate is of the average cost of building a new unit of (a) social housing and (b) affordable housing. (294902)

I refer the hon. Member to the answers given to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield (Grant Shapps) on 13 May 2009, Official Report, columns 817-818W.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much central Government expenditure there has been on the Social Homebuy scheme. (295653)

Social HomeBuy is a voluntary demand-led shared ownership scheme for social tenants. Registered social landlords who choose to offer the scheme to their tenants bid to the Homes and Communities Agency for grant to cover the discount offered to the tenant under the scheme. From April 2006 to end of September 2009, spend for this purpose through the National Affordable Housing programme totalled £3.6 million.

No funding has been provided to local authorities offering the scheme other than £132,770 given to help early pilots with development and set up costs in 2006-07.