HC Deb 09 February 1979 vol 962 cc350-4W
Mr. Shersby

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish in the Official Report a table indicating total surplus/deficit as a percentage of total revenue of the inter-association comparison for rehabilitation associations carried out by the Housing Corporation in February 1977, in respect of London housing associations.

Mr. Armstrong

Following is the information:

Associations making surplus
per cent.
Auriol 6.9
South London Family Housing 2.6
Wandle 2.0
Associations incurring a deficit
per cent
Circle 33 4.7
Family Housing 5.7
Hyde and Southbank 10.2
London and Quadrant 15.6
Paddington Churches 18.1
Notting Hill 19.4
New Islington and Hackney 29.7
Kensington Housing Trust 46.6

Mr. Shersby

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish in the Official Report the names of those London housing associations which have made a financial loss during the past two years, and those which show a surplus on their accounts.

Mr. Armstrong

The only relevant information available is attached, and is of associations with registered offices in London which have received payments of deficit grant under sections 31 to 33 of the Housing Act 1974 during the past two years.

Abbeyfield (Ickenham) Society.

Aged Pilgrims' Friendly Society.

Acton HA.

Aston Charities Trust.

Baptist Mens Movement HA.

Battersea Churches HT.

BCAR Homes.

Bethnal Green & East London HA.

Blighty Trust.

Bnai Brith HS.

British Airways Staff HS.

Broadcasting Employees HA.

Capital HA.

Carr-Gomm Society Ltd.

Central British Fund for Jewish Relief and Rehabilitation.

Central London Housing Trust for the Aged.

Central and Provincial HT.

Chalice HA.

Chingford Almshouses Charity.

Christian Action Enfield HA.

Christian Enterprise HA.

Church Army Housing.

Circle 33 HT.

Commonwealth Students' Children Society HA.

Community HA.

Croydon Unitarian HA.

Ealing Family HA.

Eagle HT.

East of London HA.

Ecco HA.

Family HA.

Family HA (North West London).

Family HA (Sevenoaks).

Forest Churches HT.

Girls Friendly Society.

Goldsmith HT.

Habinteg HA.

Hampstead Family Homes.

Hampstead Homesteads.

Hampstead Old Peoples HT.

Harding HA.

Harlington Rectory HA.

Harrison Homes.

Harrow Churches HA.

Holloway Tenant Co-operative HA.

Holy Trinity (Paddington) HA.

Home for Aged Jews.

Homes for Elderly Vegetarians.

Hotel & Catering Benevolent Association.

Humanist HA.

Hyde & Southbank HA.

Isle of Dogs HS.

Islington & Shoreditch HA.

J B G H S.

Jerome Housing Fellowship.

John Groom's HA.

Kensington HT.

Kingston upon Thames Churches HA.

Latimer HS.

Lewisham Darby & Joan (Flatlets).

London & Quadrant HT.

Look Ahead (Beacon Hostels) HA.

Lordship Manor HA.

Louisa Job Memorial HA.

Mary Curzon Charity for Women Workers.

Metropolitan HT.

Mount Green HA.

New Islington & Hackney HA.

Newlon HT.

Nina West Homes.

Northall HA.

Notting Hill HT.

Omnium HA.

Orchard HS.

Orchard (Weybridge) HA.

Over Forties Association for Women Workers.

Paddington Churches HA.

Paddington Houses.


Penge Churches HA.

Peter Bedford HA.

Presbyterian Housing

Presentation HA.

Prospect HA.

Richmond-upon-Thames Churches HT.

Royston (Fulham) HA.


Second WRVS HS.

Servite Houses.

Shaftesbury Society HA.

Social Aid HA.

Soho HA.

Solon HA.

Southgate Churches HA.


Speedwell HS.

St. Marylebone HA.

St. Mungo Community HA.

St. Pancras HA.

St. Vincent Family HA.

Stonham HA.

Teachers' Benevolent Fund HA.

Tennant HT.

Thames Ditton Homes.

Third Counterbuild HA.

Toynbee HA.

Trinity HA.

Unicorn HA (1970).

United HA Trust.

Utopian (Nexus) HA.

Women's Pioneer Housing.

Wood Green HA.


WRVS HA (1962).


YWCA of Great Britain.

Zebra House.

Zebra Trust.

Zenith HA.

Mr. Shersby

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what investigations he has instructed the Housing Corporation to carry out into the losses incurred by London housing associations and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Armstrong

The Housing Corporation has a statutory duty to supervise and control the affairs of registered housing associations and to consider whether formal investigations are required. The Corporation now carries out regular spot audits of all housing associations in receipt of public funds. Any financial irregularity revealed is followed up.

Mr. Shersby

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what action has been taken by the Housing Corporation following the general report on inter-association comparisons for rehabilitation associations, and, in particular, with regard to the disparity in performances between housing associations; and how this has affected the Corporation's allocation of funds to those associations.

Mr. Armstrong

While the inter-association comparison has provided some valuable information of a general character, it does not necessarily imply that one association was more or less efficient than another.

The apparent disparity in performance results from a combination of factors, some of which are completely outside the control of the associations concerned.

In themselves, therefore, the results of the comparisons have not affected the Housing Corporation's allocation of funds to the associations concerned, although allocations are reviewed regularly in the light of each association's past performance.