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Affordable Housing

Volume 501: debated on Wednesday 25 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many affordable homes were built in rural areas in each year since 1997. (300999)

The following table shows the number of new affordable homes (social rent, intermediate rent and low cost home ownership) built in rural areas in England each year since 1997-98.

New build affordable homes built in rural areas

Number

1997-98

10,050

1998-99

8,910

1999-2000

7,800

2000-01

7,200

2001-02

7,520

2002-03

7,340

2003-04

8,310

2004-05

9,170

2005-06

11,180

2006-07

11,930

2007-08

14,550

Source:

Homes and Communities Agency Investment Management System (IMS), and local authority returns to CLG.

Note:

Figures have been rounded to nearest 10 units.

Not all affordable housing is provided by new build completions, as some supply can come from acquisitions. For example, in 2007-08, a total of 16,760 additional affordable homes were provided in rural areas in England (new build and acquisitions).

Total affordable housing supply statistics for 2008-09 will be released by CLG in December 2009.

These figures reflect the delivery of affordable housing in the 178 local authorities defined as rural by the DEFRA Rural Definition (2004).