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Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 7 May 2009, Official Report, column 383W, on council housing (1) which organisations undertook the external research; on what subjects; and how much was paid to each such organisation; [281527]

(2) on what dates the external research for the review of council housing finance was commissioned. [281594]

Mr. Ian Austin: The information requested is in the following table.

Research Date commissioned Researcher Cost (£) Purpose of research

Evaluation of Management and Maintenance costs

2 July 2008

Housing Quality Network


To determine the costs of running the day to day landlord service (including redistribution analysis and housemark data provision)

Review of the Major Repairs Allowance

1 September 2008

Building Research Establishment


Analysis of the need to spend on major repairs of the housing stock in order to maintain the Decent Homes standard

Tenant Focus Groups

9 September 2008



Analysis of tenant attitudes towards council housing finance and rents policy

Rents Analysis

2 October 2008

Professor Steve Wilcox, University of York


A set of briefings and analysis on rents and related topics to inform the HRA review

Processing of Tenant Questionnaires

28 October 2008

Sharp Research


Debt Analysis

19 November 2008



Analysis of the options for dealing with debt in local authority housing.

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