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Housing: Finance

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding for (a) Decent Homes, (b) Kick Start, (c) housing capital allocations and (d) other housing capital schemes has been provided by (i) his Department and (ii) the Homes and Communities Agency to (A) Barnet Council and (B) Barnet Homes arms length management organisation in the last 10 years; what the name was of each identifiable scheme which received funding; how much was provided for each such scheme; and how many (1) social rented, (2) low-cost purchase and (3) full-cost purchase properties there were in each such scheme. (298907)

The question contains a number of sub-divisions, and the following response lists the available information and specifies the relevant sub-divisions.

(a) Decent Homes (A) Barnet Council (i) Provided by the Department

The following table sets out the Arms Length Management Organisations (ALMO) funding the Department has allocated to Barnet Council for its ALMO Barnet Homes as part of its Decent Homes programme. Funding was only available from 2004-5.

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

Authority ALMO allocations

4,005,000

15,094,200

15,752,520

18,931,680

15,198,000

10,608,000

Number of dwellings at 1 April

11,611

11,328

11,147

11,118

11,117

11,086

(b) Kick Start (ii) Provided by HCA

Local authorities are not eligible to apply for Kick Start, as there is a separate funding pot available to local authorities, nor is it anticipated that ALMOs will apply as they are unlikely to own sites which meet the range of criteria outlined. The aim of the programme is to unlock stalled sites in England for the development of high-quality, mixed tenure homes. Where a local authority has appointed a delivery partner, for example through a disposal or development agreement to bring forward a site for housing development, the delivery partner can apply.

Barnet Homes have not applied for the Kick Start programme.

(c) Housing Capital Allocations (A) Barnet Council (i) Provided by the Department (1) Social rented

Barnet council

Housing investment programme (£ million)1

Local authority supported capital expenditure (£ million)2

LB Barnet major repairs allowance total allowance (£ million)3

Number of dwellings at 1 April

1999-2000

6.96

0.00

0.00

12,790

2000-01

10.19

0.00

0.00

12,559

2001-02

14.32

0.00

8.536

12,284

2002-03

15.35

0.00

8.566

12,017

2003-04

14.90

0.00

8.842

11,838

2004-05

0.00

4.31

8.297

11,611

2005-06

0.00

7.50

8.112

11,328

2006-07

0.00

2.13

7.939

11.147

2007-08

0.00

2.13

8.104

11,118

2008-09

0.00

2.21

8.060

11,117

2009-10

0.00

2.26

8.543

11,086

1 Housing Investment Programme (HIP)—represented the Housing element of the local authority's Basic Credit Approval allocations, under the pre-2003 system. BCAs provided local authorities with approval to borrow for any capital purpose, including housing.

2 Local Authority Supported Capital Expenditure (Revenue)—(SCE(R))s represent a level of borrowing on which the Government are prepared to provide a revenue income stream to support the costs of the loans. The income stream calculated as part of the authority's Housing Revenue Account (HRA) subsidy entitlement.

3 Major Repairs Allowance (MRA)—MRA allocations are paid as revenue as part of the local authority's HRA subsidy entitlement, but can only be used for capital expenditure or repayment of debt.

(d) Housing Capital Scheme (B) Barnet Homes Arms Length Management Order (ii) Provided by HCA

Barnet Homes have had a successful bid against Sustainable Homes Energy Savings Programme (SHESP) (the cavity wall insulation programme through Decent Homes) of approximately £1.9 million to cover 1,569 units.

(d) Housing Capital Scheme (A) Barnet Council (i) Provided by the Department

Barnet council

Disabled facilities grant (£000)

Private sector renewal (£ million)

1999-2000

0.00

0.00

2000-01

512

0.00

2001-02

585

0.00

2002-03

620

0.00

2003-04

620

0.00

2004-05

480

0.00

2005-06

605

0.00

2006-07

605

5.83

2007-08

702

5.83

2008-09

750

6.71

2009-10

861

9.73

Further details of allocations under defunct capital housing schemes would be available only at disproportionate cost.