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Social Rented Housing

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which recommendations of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s 2002 report, Social tenants’ access to home working opportunities, commissioned by the Housing Corporation’s Innovation and Good Practice programme, have been adopted by the successor bodies to the Housing Corporation to date. (292847)

The report, which was part funded by the Housing Corporation’s Innovation and Good Practice programme, made a range of recommendations to central and local government and to the housing association sector.

In its Neighbourhood and Community Strategy of October 2006, the Housing Corporation emphasised the value of all housing associations promoting employment opportunities—including residents working from their homes. Home working is also likely to be covered in forthcoming guidance from the Homes and Communities Agency, for example on the development of Local Investment Plans for local authorities and other partners.

The Live-Work Network, which was set up following the publication of the report, has been commissioned by Government to conduct a national study of the potential of local ‘hubs’ to support people who work from home. This work is being supported by the Homes and Communities Agency, the Commission for Rural Communities and CLG.