|Previous Section||Index||Home Page|
Mr. Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what percentage of council tenants who exercised the right to buy were receiving (a) council tax benefit and (b) housing benefit in each of the last five years. 
Yvette Cooper: This information is not collected. The ability of tenants who are in receipt of benefits to exercise their right to buy would depend on the willingness of lenders to offer them mortgage finance, or the availability of financial assistance from family or friends.
Mr. Touhig: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people, living in social housing and holding life-time tenancy in England are aged (a) 18 to 25, (b ) 26 to 40, (c) 40 to 55 and (d) over 55 years. 
|Age of tenant||Number of households||Percentage|
ONS, Labour Force Survey
The Housing Corporation estimates that at end-March 2006 about 97 per cent. of housing association tenancies were lifetime tenancies. Equivalent
figures for local authorities are not available, so an estimate of the total number of lifetime tenancies in social housing cannot be provided.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will take steps to require registered social landlords to advise their tenants to take out home contents insurance. 
Yvette Cooper: Registered social landlords are required to provide high standards of customer care. Landlords should consider all aspects of this, including insurance. The Housing Corporation has issued good practice guidance on facilitating access to insurance called Insurance for All which is available on the corporations website.
Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the appropriateness of placing homeless households in long-term placements in temporary accommodation outside their local authority area. 
Yvette Cooper: Under the homelessness legislation (part 7 of the Housing Act 1996), local housing authorities must ensure that suitable accommodation is available for housing applicants accepted as eligible for assistance, unintentionally homeless and in priority need. In some cases it may be appropriate for a homeless household to be placed in accommodation outside the local authority area but authorities are required to ensure that, so far as reasonably practicable, accommodation is secured in their district. Moreover, we have issued statutory guidancethe Homelessness Code of Guidance for Local Authoritieswhich states that wherever possible the accommodation secured should be as close as possible to where applicants were previously living, so they can retain established links with schools, doctors, social workers and other key services and support essential to the well-being of the household.