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Affordable Housing

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many completed Rent to Homebuy transactions there have been to date. (305932)

Provisional data from the Homes and Communities Agency show that there were 1,899 rent to homebuy completions up to end September 2009.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many completed sales there have been under the Social Homebuy scheme since April 2006; and how much had been spent on that scheme on the latest date for which figures are available. (306727)

Between April 2006 and 30 September 2009, there were 328 completed social homebuy sales.

Social homebuy is a voluntary demand-led scheme. 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. From April 2006 to end September 2009, spend through the National Affordable Housing programme totalled £3.6 million.

No funding is 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.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what definition his Department uses of a Rent to HomeBuy (a) sale and (b) completion. (306731)

A rent to homebuy completion is recorded when the building is ready for occupation, and a sale is recorded when a rent to homebuy tenant buys a share of the property, following an initial rental period which can be up to five years.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new affordable housing units were completed in (a) Leeds West, (b) West Yorkshire and (c) England in each year since 2001. (306981)

Data are not available for parliamentary constituencies. Information for Leeds, West Yorkshire and England is as follows:

Additional affordable dwellings provided 2000-01 to 2008-09

Leeds

West Yorkshire

England

2000-01

200

740

33,160

2001-02

450

920

33,020

2002-03

310

730

32,920

2003-04

180

600

38,070

2004-05

260

590

37,470

2005-06

310

740

45,980

2006-07

290

980

44,570

2007-08

380

1,110

53,480

2008-09

460

1,310

55,770

Source:

CLG Housing Live Tables, Table 1008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes have been purchased under the (a) First Time Buyer's Initiative, (b) HomeBuy Direct, (c) New Build HomeBuy, (d) Open Market HomeBuy and (e) Social HomeBuy schemes in each of the last three years; and how many have been purchased under each scheme in 2009-10 to date. (307206)

The number of homes purchased in the last three years is as follows:

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

First Time Buyers Initiative

24

818

1,025

HomeBuy Direct1

New Build HomeBuy

11,017

14,880

10,647

Open Market HomeBuy

2,463

2,749

6,123

Social HomeBuy

47

160

99

1 HomeBuy Direct only became operational in February 2009.

Source:

Homes and Communities Agency.

The provisional data from April to September 2009 are as follows:

Number

First Time Buyers Initiative

383

HomeBuy Direct

997

New Build HomeBuy

2,624

Open Market HomeBuy

3,194

Social HomeBuy

20

Source:

Homes and Communities Agency.