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Housing Renewal Areas: Private Sector

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she plans to review the effect of private investor activity within housing renewal areas in the next 12 months; and if she will make a statement. [185485]

Mr. Iain Wright: The Department and individual pathfinders have been responsible for evaluating the impact of the Housing Market Renewal Program (HMR) in designated areas across the UK. The HMR partnerships regularly assess the key drivers of local housing markets and the prevailing market conditions as a fundamental part of establishing strong housing markets across pathfinder areas.

An independent review to improve the private rented sector was also recently commissioned in January by the then Housing and Planning Minister, my right hon. Friend the Member for Pontefract and Castleford. The review will look at how the increasing number of buy to let accommodation and student tenants has impacted on the private rented sector, the quality of homes and who the users of the sector are. It will also examine the impact of demographic and social change on the future demand and supply in the sector. The Government will consider the review’s recommendations to see what else can be done to improve the sector for both landlords and tenants. We expect the review to be presented to Ministers by October 2008.

Housing: Energy

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) planned expenditure is and (b) expenditure to date has been on providing free energy performance certificates; how many have been subsidised to date; and what the target is for the number to be subsidised. [176190]

Caroline Flint: I refer the hon. Member to the replies given to the hon. Member for Beckenham (Mrs. Lait) on 30 October 2007, Official Report, column 1163W and 10 October 2007, Official Report, column 663 W.

Housing: Low Incomes

Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many tenants in social housing were evicted in each of the last 10 years. [185907]

Caroline Flint: We do not have the information on how many tenants were evicted over the last 10 years. However, as part of the Housing Strategy and Statistical Appendix returns, Communities and Local Government have asked local authority landlords in England to
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submit data on tenants in social housing who were evicted. This was commenced for the period 2005-06. These data were considered not to be of a reliable quality. We are currently assessing the quality of the data returns for 2006-07.

The Housing Corporation collects data on evictions. According to its Regulatory and Statistical Returns for the periods 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07, the number of evictions from registered social landlord properties are as follows:

Number

2004-05

13,370

2005-06

12,145

2006-07

11,384


Housing: Overcrowding

Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of (a) private, (b) registered social landlord and (c) local authority households were estimated to be overcrowded in (i) England, (ii) each English region and (iii) each London borough in (A) 1990, (B) 2000 and (C) 2006. [185973]

Mr. Iain Wright: Estimates of the percentages of households in each regions and in each tenure that were overcrowded in (a) 1998-99 to 2000-01 and (b) 2004-05 to 2006-07 are set out in the two tables as follows. All estimates in this answer are based on the Bedroom Standard definition of overcrowding.

Estimated percentage of households that were overcrowded, by tenure and by region, England: 1998 - 99 to 2000 - 01
Region Owner occupiers Private renters Social renters All tenures

North East

1.2

3.0

2.5

1.7

North West

1.9

1.9

3.5

2.2

Yorkshire and Humber

1.2

3.0

3.5

1.9

East Midlands

1.1

2.7

3.4

1.7

West Midlands

1.8

3.2

4.2

2.5

Eastern

1.1

2.0

4.2

1.7

London

2.7

6.3

11.1

5.5

South East

0.9

3.1

4.9

1.7

South West

1.1

3.4

4.3

1.9

England

1.5

3.5

5.2

2.4


Estimated percentage of households that were overcrowded by tenure and by region, England: 2004-05 to 2006-07
Region Owner occupiers Private renters Social renters All tenures

North East

1.0

3.1

3.3

1.7

North West

1.6

4.5

3.6

2.3

Yorkshire and Humber

1.3

3.1

2.8

1.8

East Midlands

0.8

3.4

4.1

1.6

West Midlands

1.9

4.7

4.4

2.8

Eastern

1.1

3.2

4.1

1.9

London

2.7

10.5

12.1

6.6

South East

0.9

2.8

6.6

2.0

South West

0.8

3.1

4.3

1.6

England

1.4

5.0

5.8

2.7

Source:
Survey of English Housing

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The figures shown have been averaged over three successive survey years. This is because the sample of overcrowded households in a single year is too small to provide reliable annual estimates. Separate estimates of overcrowding among households in council housing and RSL housing are not reliable—so a combined estimate covering all social renters is shown.

Comparable figures for 1990 are not available.

Estimates for individual local authorities are not routinely available because of sample size considerations. However, the results of a one-off model are available based on a combination of three years of data from both the Survey of English Housing and DWP’s Family Resources Survey for 2000-01, 2001-02 and 2002-03. Based on this model, estimates of the percentages of households in each London borough that were overcrowded during the three-year period 2000-01 to 2002-03 are set out in the following table. These figures cover all tenures. Reliable estimates by tenure are not available. The publication from which the overcrowding estimates for London boroughs have been taken can be accessed at the following link:

Estimated proportion of overcrowded households in each London borough, 2000-01 to 2002-03
London borough P ercentage

Barking and Dagenham

3.1

Barnet

4.0

Bexley

1.5

Brent

7.5

Bromley

1.5

Camden

4.6

Croydon

3.3

Ealing

7.3

Enfield

4.2

Greenwich

2.5

Hackney

8.4

Hammersmith and Fulham

3.5

Haringey

8.3

Harrow

3.8

Havering

2.0

Hillingdon

3.5

Hounslow

4.4

Islington

8.3

Kensington and Chelsea

6.0

Kingston upon Thames

1.8

Lambeth

5.1

Lewisham

2.6

Merton

4.2

Newham

12.5

Redbridge

5.1

Richmond upon Thames

2.4

Southwark

7.8

Sutton

2.6

Tower Hamlets

11.7

Waltham Forest

7.9

Wandsworth

3.6

City of London and City of Westminster(1)

5.2

(1) The sample of cases for City of London was too small to allow separate results to be produced, so these were combined with a neighbouring larger authority, City of Westminster.

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Housing: Standards

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been spent on bringing homes up to the decent homes standard in each of the last 10 years; and if she will make a statement. [177730]

Mr. Iain Wright: In total over £23 billion has been invested in improving social housing since 1997. Annual figures are provided in the following table. The figures represent the estimated expenditure maintaining the housing stock condition at a sustainable level (including the Decent Homes standard) over the last nine years.

Total investment (LA + RSL) M (£ billion)

1997-98

1.89

1998-99

2.08

1999-2000

1.77

2000-01

2.09

2001-02

2.55

2002-03

2.94

2003-04

3.16

2004-05

3.51

2005-06

3.65


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