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Housing: Bexley

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many home information packs have been issued in the London borough of Bexley since their introduction. (310689)

The Department does not have a record of the number of HIPs produced. As HIPs must include an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), we can estimate their number on the basis of the number of EPCs lodged on the EPC Register.

There were 6,901 EPCs lodged on the EPC Register between 1 August 2007 and 12 January 2010 for homes located in the London Borough of Bexley.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of key workers resident in the London borough of Bexley who are eligible for assistance with housing costs. (310693)

We have made no estimate of the number of key workers residents in the London borough of Bexley who are eligible for assistance with housing costs.

Data on the number of key workers in the London borough of Bexley will be held by the relevant employers of key workers. A full list of eligible key worker roles for the homebuy scheme can be found in the Capital Funding Guide on the Homes and Communities Agency's website at;

http://cfg.homesandcommunities.co.uk/kwl-applicant-eligibility.htm

The homebuy scheme enables first time buyers with a household income of less than £60,000, who cannot afford to purchase without assistance, to buy a share of a home and get a first step on the housing ladder. Key workers are a priority group for this scheme.