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Housing: Floods

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects those affected by recent floods to be able to return to their homes. [224194]

John Healey: An assessment of the impact of the recent flooding has found that as at 12 September 2008 around 1,827 households were affected by the recent floods, with water entering habitable areas. It is too early to assess how many households were displaced or when they are likely to return to their homes.

Housing: Greater London

Mrs. Lait: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate her Department has made of the average house price in London in (a) April 2006, (b) April 2007 and (c) the most recent period for which figures are available. [222661]

Mr. Iain Wright: Communities and Local Government calculate regional monthly mix-adjusted average purchase prices of domestic dwellings based on data from the Regulated Mortgage Survey. These are available back to February 2002 on our website at:

For London this gives mix-adjusted average house prices as:

Average house prices (£)

(a) April 2006

277,235

(b) April 2007

318,976

(c) July 2008

343,182


Housing: Low Incomes

Mr. Love: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what total spending was on (a) newly built and (b) renovated social housing in each of the last 20 years at constant 2008 prices, broken down by (i) registered social landlords, (ii) local authorities and (iii) other providers; and if she will make a statement. [221777]

Mr. Iain Wright: The Department is not able to provide figures on newly built and renovated social housing dating back 20 years, nor is it able to provide figures for other providers. For local authorities, reliable statistics were first collected from 2001, initially through
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the Housing Investment Programme (HIP) and subsequently through the Business Plan Statistical Appendix (BPSA) from 2002. The figures in tables 1 and 2 are published and available via the Department's website:

Table 1: Total local authority spend on renovation( 1) work since 2001 at 2008 prices( 2) —England

£ billion

2000-01

1.9

2001-02

2.1

2002-03

2.3

2003-04

2.5

2004-05

2.8

2005-06

3.2

2006-07

3.1

(1) Renovation work includes works of a capital nature: installation, replacement or major repair.
(2) Nominal figures adjusted to 2008 prices using HM Treasury GDP index—last updated 27 June 2008.
Sources:
Figures for 2002-07 from the Business Plan Statistical Appendix (BPSA). 2000 figures from the BPSA's predecessor—the Housing Investment Programme. Figures include those authorities which have chosen to retain their housing stock and also arms length management organisations (ALMO's)

Table 2: Total local authority spend on new build/acquisitions( 1) since 2001 at 2008 prices( 2) —England

£ million

2000-01

26.0

2001-02

14.3

2002-03

27.7

2003-04

21.1

2004-05

21.1

2005-06

19.0

2006-07

21.9

(1) Includes both General and Special Needs housing.
(2) Nominal figures adjusted to 2008 prices using HM Treasury GDP index—last updated 27 June 2008.
Note:
LSVT = Large Scale Voluntary Transfer. One of the three options set out by Government for those authorities that need extra funding to meet the required Decent Homes standard. LSVT aims to deliver improved performance and services ensuring the extra money is spent cost effectively. The council is free to focus on more strategic housing functions.
Sources:
Figures for 2002-07 from the Business Plan Statistical Appendix (BPSA). 2001 figures from the BPSA's predecessor—the Housing Investment Plan. Figures include those authorities which have chosen to retain their housing stock and also arms length management organisations (ALMO's)

The Global Accounts of Housing Associations, published by the Housing Corporation (the regulator of housing associations in England) provides equivalent figures for major repairs of registered social landlords. These costs relate to works similar to renovation works in the local authority sector. These are displayed in table 3:

Table 3: Total registered social landlord spend on major repairs between 2001 at 2008 prices( 1,2)
£ million

2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007

Revenue major repair

544

530

621

750

929

1,082

1,074

Capitalised major repair

n/a

n/a

n/a

385

658

784

909

Total

544

530

621

1,135

1,586

1,867

1,983

(1) Nominal figures adjusted to 2008 prices using HM Treasury GDP index—last updated 27 June 2008.
(2) 2007 Global Accounts differ from predecessors as returns are based on associations with >1,000 stock. Between 2004 and 2006 associations with >250 stock were included for reporting purposes.
Note:
Prior to 2004 the Housing Corporation did not collect figures relating to capitalised major repairs.
Source:
Housing Corporation's Global Accounts as at 1 March each year.

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Investment in the provision of new social rented housing through the Housing Corporation's Affordable Housing Programme is shown in the following table:

Table 4: Investment in the provision of new social rented housing at today's prices( 1,2)

£ million

2000-01

695.1

2001-02

762.1

2002-03

869.7

2003-04

1,299.4

2004-05

1,133.8

2005-06

986.4

2006-07

1,474.7

(1) Nominal figures adjusted to 2008 prices using HM Treasury GDP index—last updated 27 June 2008.
(2) Housing Corporation's Affordable Housing Programme
Note:
These figures include spend on both new build and acquisition and refurbishment of stock.

Mrs. Lait: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what access the Valuation Office Agency has to the National Register of Social Housing. [222569]

John Healey: None.

Mrs. Lait: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what property attributes the National Register of Social Housing will collect in 2008-09. [222718]

Mr. Iain Wright: The current priority is to collect the property attributes required to replace existing Housing Corporation and Communities and Local Government forms. This includes ownership, size, type and age of property, energy efficiency, decent homes standard, rent, service charges, tenure and vacancy information; and for newly developed housing the funding sources. Information on NROSH can be found on the Department's website at

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much has been allocated to support the Rent to Homebuy scheme; and over what period the allocation has been made; [222913]

(2) what target she has set for the number of households to benefit from the Rent to Homebuy pilot scheme; and over what period the pilot will be assessed. [222914]

Mr. Iain Wright: The Rent to Homebuy scheme was announced on the 16 July as a pilot which is to run for the remainder of the Housing Corporation’s 2008-09 bidding round for the Affordable Housing Programme and will then be evaluated. The amount funded will depend upon the number of bids brought forward which satisfy the Housing Corporation’s criteria. £6 million has been allocated to-date for 199 units and the Housing Corporation expect to allocate more funding as suitable bids are brought forward.

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the National Register of Social Housing will including property attributes from shared ownership dwellings. [224503]

Mr. Iain Wright: Yes.


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Housing: Offenders

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance she gives to local authorities on consulting local residents who live in the vicinity of homes used to house people who (a) have been charged with criminal acts and are awaiting a court hearing, (b) have served time in prison and have recently been released and (c) behave disruptively; and if she will make a statement. [221774]

Mr. Iain Wright: The Department does not give any specific guidance to local authorities on these matters. There would not normally be any need for such consultations unless an application for planning permission had been made in relation to the homes. Local planning authorities determine in the first instance whether planning permission is required, taking into account individual circumstances. This might occur if the occupation of a dwelling house involved a material change of use for which planning permission was considered necessary.

Housing: Planning Permission

Mrs. Lait: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2008, Official Report, column 955W, on housing: planning permission, what the name was of each respondent to the consultation; [222844]

(2) if she will place in the Library each response to the consultation. [222845]

Mr. Iain Wright: Annex 1 of the document I referred to in my previous answer contains a list of the names of the individuals or organisations that responded to the consultation. The document is available at:

A copy of each response will be placed in the Library of the House.

Housing: Repairs and Maintenance

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the availability of qualified contractors to undertake urgent repair work required following the recent flooding in England. [224195]

John Healey: I met with the Association of British Insurers on the 10 September 2008 and they assured me that at this stage they are confident there are sufficient resources available in the construction industry to deal with repairs to homes affected by the recent floods.

Housing: Slough

Fiona Mactaggart: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many units of (a) social housing and (b) private housing were completed in Slough in each year since 1997. [222264]

Mr. Iain Wright: The figures requested are tabulated as follows.


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Social housing new build completions Private enterprise new build completions

1997-98

202

316

1998-99

11

341

1999-2000

37

449

2000-01

257

660

2001-02

67

442

2002-03

83

449

2003-04

32

239

2004-05

123

469

2005-06

193

329

2006-07

43

359

2007-08

(1)33

479

(1 )Figures for social housing new build completions are only available until 2006-07, so the 2007-08 figure is estimated.
Source:
Social Housing completion figures are Social Rent New Build figures from the Housing Corporation Investment Management System (IMS) and HSSA returns submitted to CLG by Local Authorities.
Private Enterprise completion figures are from quarterly P2 returns submitted to CLG by local authorities and from the National House Building Council (NHBC). Figures do not include estimates for missing returns.

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