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Social Rented Housing: Sheffield

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 16 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes in Sheffield are still awaiting completion of Decent Homes work for which funding has been allocated; and how much such funding has been allocated. (322587)

As at 1 April 2009, 10,057 local authority homes in Sheffield were reported to be non-decent. For 2009-10, the figures allocated to Sheffield for spending on decent homes is £76,007,000 for the ALMO, £6,300,000 from Local Authority Supported Capital Expenditure (LASCE) and £27,600,000 from the Major Repairs Allowance (MRA), although not all the LASCE and MRA is spent on decent homes. The figure for 2010-11 for the ALMO funding is £45,702,000 but we do not have the final figures for LASCE and MRA.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been spent under the Decent Homes programme in Sheffield through (a) Sheffield Homes and (b) other housing associations to date. (322588)

Sheffield Homes came into operation in 2005. For the period 2005 to 2009, Sheffield city council reported £585.5 million capital expenditure on their HRA stock. Not all of this will relate to Decent Homes.

Housing associations have largely funded decent homes improvements through their own resources, and my Department does not collect information about housing association investment to deliver the Decent Homes standard in their own stock.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes in Sheffield have been improved under the Decent Homes programme to date. (322589)

Between 2001 and 2009 Sheffield's non-decent dwellings reduced from 47,700 in 2001 to 10,057 in 2009. Sheffield city council have forecast that the number of non-decent homes will be reduced to 5,044 by the end of this year. The actual number of dwellings improved will be greater than the difference between these figures, since it will include both dwellings that were non-decent in 2001 and others that have become non-decent and been improved in the period since then.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much money Sheffield city council has been allocated for building new social housing in the last two years; and what estimate he has made of the number of houses which will be provided with such funding. (322590)

The following table shows the funds allocated for affordable housing in Sheffield to registered social landlords and other providers through the Homes and Communities Agency's National Affordable Housing Programme for 2008-09 and 2009-10 to the end of February 2010.

2008-092009-10 to end February 2010

Rent

Low cost home ownership

Rent

Low cost home ownership

Grant (£ million)

5.39

1.76

14.97

5.61

Units

100

60

256

170

Source:

Homes and Communities Agency

In addition, £1.53 million grant for 27 units has been allocated to Sheffield city council under round 1 of the Local Authority New Build programme.