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Rented Housing

Margaret Moran: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what plans she has to bring forward legislative proposals to enact the provisions included in the Law Commission’s Rented Homes Bill; [262721]

(2) what her policy is on the alignment of tenancy terms proposed by the Law Commission. [262722]

Mr. Iain Wright: The proposals in the Law Commission’s Rented Homes Bill were considered as part of the Review of the Private Rented Sector which we commissioned Julie Rugg and David Rhodes to carry out last year. We will be responding formally to the review in the spring. That response will incorporate our response to the Law Commission’s recommendations, including their proposals on the alignment of tenancy terms.

Rented Housing: Rent Deposit Schemes

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local housing authorities run rent deposit schemes; and if she will make a statement. [262509]

Mr. Iain Wright: We do not have official figures on the number of local housing authorities who run rent deposit schemes. However, in 2007 Communities and Local Government published a homelessness prevention survey submitted by 301 local authorities, representing 85 per cent. of the total. 201 authorities reported that they had rent deposit schemes in place and a further 45 authorities reported that they were planning to have rent deposit schemes in place. This shows that private rented accommodation is an effective housing option for preventing homelessness and provides a viable alternative to social housing.

The Government take all aspects of homelessness very seriously. We have allocated over £200 million to local authorities and voluntary organisations over the next three years (2008-11) to tackle and prevent homelessness in their area effectively. This is the biggest ever cash injection for homelessness services. Local organisations decide, based on local circumstances, how to use those resources to prevent homelessness.


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Social Rented Housing

Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of all social home lettings were made to people other than homeless applicants in (a) each region and (b) each London local authority area were in each year since 2000-01. [259758]

Mr. Iain Wright: Information about lettings to local authority landlords is collected via the Housing Strategy
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Statistical Appendix (HSSA). Estimates of lettings made to people ‘other than homeless applicants’ have been calculated using the total number of all local authority lettings made to both new and existing social housing tenants (but excluding mutual exchanges) less the number of lettings made to households owed the main homelessness duty (section 193(2) of the Housing Act 1996).

Table 1 shows the percentage of all local authority lettings made to households who were not owed the main homelessness duty for each region from 2000-01 to 2007-08.

Table 1: Percentage of all lettings by LA landlords made to applicants other than those owed the main homelessness duty (by region)

2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08

North East

90.7

88.8

87.1

80.6

79.7

83.1

83.9

85.7

North West

89.7

88.3

85.4

84.7

78.3

76.9

78.7

82.5

Yorkshire and the Humber

87.0

86.1

80.5

75.0

74.8

77.7

79.9

71.8

East Midlands

85.2

82.3

81.3

81.2

78.7

82.5

83.1

83.7

West Midlands

81.1

76.5

73.5

68.5

70.1

74.3

74.7

74.6

East of England

74.6

69.5

65.1

76.9

77.0

80.1

80.7

82.2

London

53.4

50.2

51.1

60.6

61.7

64.8

68.3

67.7

South East

67.3

62.6

62.9

79.0

77.6

80.1

81.5

79.9

South West

71.0

67.4

63.4

69.3

73.7

71.5

77.8

84.0

England

79.9

77.1

74.3

75.2

74.1

76.4

78.2

78.2

Notes:
1. The denominator ‘all lettings’ includes lets made to both new and existing social housing tenants, but excludes mutual exchanges.
2. The figures include general needs and supported housing lets.
Source:
Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix, derived from reported data from local authorities.

Table 2 shows the percentage of all local authority lettings made to households who were not owed the main homelessness duty for each local authority in London from 2000-01 to 2007-08.


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Table 2: Percentage of all lettings by LA landlords made to applicants other than those owed the main homelessness duty (by London local authority)

2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08

Barking and Dagenham

86.7

76.8

69.3

76.6

65.1

95.4

91.3

84.3

Barnet

36.7

34.2

27.3

62.8

70.7

76.8

78.9

65.8

Bexley

Brent

46.7

34.2

46.0

51.0

58.2

44.1

54.4

53.9

Bromley

Camden

62.0

64.0

49.8

63.0

61.6

62.5

79.6

85.9

City of London

91.1

93.6

87.4

94.4

90.9

93.1

92.2

95.3

Croydon

18.5

26.2

60.0

83.6

82.5

86.3

83.7

75.6

Ealing

48.2

47.5

43.8

43.4

63.0

55.5

55.4

56.2

Enfield

61.4

50.8

48.4

51.5

53.7

54.8

51.6

57.7

Greenwich

55.3

62.8

63.2

59.7

64.3

67.4

70.6

74.1

Hackney

67.7

39.2

38.2

52.3

54.2

57.7

58.2

41.2

Hammersmith and Fulham

63.0

48.4

44.0

62.6

65.9

75.1

60.0

57.5

Haringey

30.3

75.8

66.2

60.6

57.1

52.7

70.6

54.9

Harrow

45.9

61.6

61.9

63.8

67.1

69.0

63.9

59.8

Havering

100.0

77.1

78.3

99.5

72.0

91.1

50.4

99.3

Hillingdon

42.1

68.2

45.7

53.2

65.2

73.9

64.5

74.8

Hounslow

50.8

42.7

54.0

47.4

37.3

52.4

56.3

57.7

Islington

44.8

43.9

43.6

40.9

51.9

61.4

61.8

64.1

Kensington and Chelsea

62.4

73.1

62.5

66.5

60.9

54.6

80.5

57.9

Kingston upon Thames

53.4

43.3

42.0

48.0

49.0

56.3

59.9

57.9

Lambeth

52.6

34.7

34.6

42.1

40.3

32.8

45.2

58.5

Lewisham

70.1

65.2

58.1

58.9

53.7

77.1

84.2

58.2

Merton

85.3

78.3

77.3

73.1

66.6

70.0

85.4

94.9

Newham

38.4

33.9

61.8

85.6

87.3

82.2

79.6

77.1

Redbridge

58.7

66.6

63.2

71.5

81.2

80.3

68.5

73.7

Richmond upon Thames

45.3

Southwark

53.6

37.4

41.3

47.0

51.5

61.4

76.6

80.6

Sutton

35.9

39.0

43.2

91.0

83.0

77.4

81.7

80.0

Tower Hamlets

39.3

34.8

39.1

67.5

73.6

41.7

66.0

67.0

Waltham Forest

34.8

33.7

32.6

52.0

62.9

54.8

46.1

50.9

Wandsworth

56.7

50.3

59.3

63.2

63.5

60.4

40.8

44.3

Westminster

45.1

43.2

51.6

43.3

51.3

50.2

63.5

56.2

London

53.4

50.2

51.1

60.6

61.7

64.8

68.3

67.7

‘—’ Indicates no local authority lettings were made due to local authority having undergone a large scale voluntary transfer (LSVT).
Notes:
1. The denominator ‘all lettings’ includes lets made to both new and existing social housing tenants, but excludes mutual exchanges.
2. The figures include general needs and supported housing lets.
Source:
Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix, derived from reported data from local authorities.

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