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Council Housing: Property Transfer

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the capital receipts from the sale of local authority housing stock in Tamworth constituency were in each of the last 10 years; and what proportion of the sum was (a) retained by Tamworth Borough Council and (b) passed to his Department in each of those years. (297121)

Prior to 1 April 2004, local authorities retained receipts arising from the disposal of their housing assets, although authorities with debt set aside a proportion of those receipts to repay their housing debt.

The following table shows for each financial year since 1999-2000 the total housing receipts received by Tamworth borough council and since 2004-05 the total amount of those receipts which were surrendered to the Exchequer Consolidated Fund. These do not pass directly to the Department for Communities and Local Government, nor are they hypothecated to specific policy areas but, together with other resources, contribute towards the overall fiscal envelope within which departmental public expenditure programmes are agreed as part of the Spending Review process.

£000

Total housing receipts received by Tamworth borough council

Total of those receipts passed to the Exchequer Consolidated Fund

1999-2000

3,101

n/a

2000-2001

1

n/a

2001-2002

4,318

n/a

2002-2003

7,429

n/a

2003-2004

10,388

n/a

2004-2005

7,214

5,230

2005-2006

5,350

3,649

2006-2007

2,110

1,526

2007-2008

1,802

1,306

2008-2009

361

259

n/a = Not applicable.

1 = Not available.

Data for 2003-2004 and previous years were provided by the local authority on a voluntary basis in the Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix. Since 2004-2005, data on housing receipts and the calculation of the proportion of those receipts that must be paid to the Secretary of State has been a requirement, and it is audited every year.

The parliamentary constituency of Tamworth covers the whole of the area administered by Tamworth borough council, and part of the area administered by Lichfield district council. Data on housing receipts are collected on the basis of local authorities, not parliamentary constituencies.