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House of Commons Hansard
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Housing: Overcrowding
26 November 2009
Volume 501
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To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has to (a) extend the funding of the overcrowding pathfinders after 2011 and (b) create more pathfinders, including ones in rural areas. [302184]

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Funding in support of tackling overcrowding will be considered as part of the next spending review.

We will continue to work with our 54 local authority pathfinders in developing good practice in tackling overcrowding, which is being shared with other local authorities.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has to extend the remit of the overcrowding pathfinders to include overcrowding in the private rented sector. [302185]

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The 54 overcrowding pathfinder authorities are tackling overcrowding in all tenures.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the Government plans to update the 1935 statutory overcrowding definition in line with the bedroom standard. [302186]

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Prior to making any change to the statutory standards we want to establish the impact, timing and cost of undertaking a phased and manageable move to a new statutory standard. Evidence is being generated through the 54 overcrowding pathfinder authorities.