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[holding answer 25 July 2006]: The London borough of Newham created a registered
social landlord called Local Space to acquire properties to be leased to the council for temporary occupation. Local Space received a social housing grant allocation from the Housing Corporation in 2005-06 totalling £25 million over two years to acquire a minimum of 1,000 properties.
Ealings Safe Haven London, a charity specially established for the purpose, is to acquire houses and flats over a two-year period, including some new build stock and lease them back to the council under an arrangement which provides for the transfer of the properties to a housing association at expiry of the lease. The project does not benefit from a Housing Corporation grant, or any other grant. To date 50 properties have been purchased and occupied.
The London and Quadrant Housing Trust (LQHT) homelessness initiative leasing scheme (HILS) is a programme which commenced in 2003-04, administered by the Housing Corporation and was designed to help eliminate the use of bed-and-breakfast accommodation as temporary housing. Its remit was to deliver 500 units at a cost of £17.5 million.
The trust has delivered 401 units in agreed local authority areas, which they have leased back to the local authority for a period of 10 years. The local authority nominates households who would otherwise be housed in bed and breakfast to be accommodated in these units.
Building on these initiatives, £30 million will be made available through an extra homes pilot in London to help families move from temporary accommodation into settled homes. Detailed guidance on submitting proposals for this pilot will be issued later in the year.
Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authority and housing association homes were (a) sold, (b) demolished and (c) added to the public sector rented housing stock in each housing local authority area in Yorkshire and the Humber in each year since 1996-97. 
Yvette Cooper [holding answer 25 July 2006]: The numbers of local authority (LA) dwellings sold in each year since 1998-99 are published on the Department for Communities and Local Government website:
The numbers of social units for rent (LA & RSL) demolished in Yorkshire and the Humber as reported by local authorities in each year from 2000-01 to 2004-05 are shown in table B. Information for years prior to those shown is not readily available.
Public sector social units for rent are provided with funding from central Government and through planning agreements (S106) between councils and developers. For the number provided with Government funding in each year I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Yeovil Mr. Laws on 21 March 2006, Official Report, column 279W. For the numbers of social units for rent provided without any government funding through section 106 planning agreements please see table C. Information is available only for the years shown.
|Table A: Sales of Registered Social Landlord social rent stock through, preserved right-to-buy, rent to mortgage and right-to-acquire|
| Note: Information on years prior to those shown is not readily available. There may be a small number of RSL sales to the private sector which do not appear in the table as this information is not held centrally. Some RSLs with small numbers of stock are not required to provided this information and therefore if there have been any sales to sitting tenants they aren't included above. Source: Returns from the Housing Corporation to the Department for Communities and Local Government (RSR).|
|Table B: Demolitions of Social Rent stock, 2000-01 to 2004-05|
| n/a = Not available Source: Returns from local authorities to the Department for Communities and Local Government (HFR).|
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