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|Funding allocated to local authorities by the Department for Children, Schools and Families following the June and July 2007 floods (as of 19 November 2007)|
|Local authority||Allocation for June floods||Allocation for July floods||Total allocation|
As well as these allocations to local authorities, DCSF has paid for surveyors used by some local authorities, and will be meeting some other local authority costs from the contingency fund remaining from the overall allocation of £14 million
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities are using the new prudential borrowing framework; and how much each such local authority has borrowed. 
John Healey: I have placed in the Library of the House a table showing the information on capital expenditure financed by self-financed borrowing (unsupported by central Government) for each local authority in England in 2004-05 and 2005-06.
Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether local housing authorities are required to ascertain the source of funds at the disposal of those tenants seeking to purchase council housing stock (a) with a discount and (b) without a discount and who immediately prior to their application to purchase were in receipt of (i) means tested state benefits and (ii) local authority means tested benefits; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Iain Wright: Secure tenants of local authorities who have spent at least two years as a social tenant (or five years if their tenancy started on or after 18 January 2005) have the right to buy their homes at a discount, unless:
they are bankrupt or are facing bankruptcy proceedings
they are facing possession proceedings
they are renting their homes in connection with their employment, or
their homes are particularly suitable for occupation by elderly or disabled people.
Local authorities who offer the pilot Social HomeBuy scheme, under which tenants may buy a minimum 25 per cent. share in their home at a discount, apply an affordability test to determine whether a tenant can afford to sustain home ownership. This is because Social HomeBuy is aimed at people who are unable to afford the cost of outright ownership. The test involves looking at the tenants income, including benefits where appropriate, and at the costs of purchase (e.g. stamp duty, legal fees) and the on-going costs of home ownership (e.g. a mortgage, rent on the landlords retained equity and service charges).
Local authorities can sell properties to tenants on voluntary terms at a discount, under section 32 of the Housing Act 1985. It is up to tenants to ensure that they have sufficient resources to purchase their homes. There are no requirements on local authorities to check on this.
John Battle: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households there have been on waiting lists for housing in (a) Leeds West constituency, (b) Leeds and (c) West Yorkshire in each year from 1997. 
Mr. Iain Wright: The Department does not hold information for areas smaller then local authority districts. Data for the Leeds city council area as a whole and for West Yorkshire are set out in the following table:
Data relate to 31 March each year.
CLGs annual Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix return
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