HC Deb 18 December 1985 vol 89 c217W
Mr. Irving

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what information he has as to the average cost of providing a new council dwelling to let, in terms of the first year debt charges on the loan and the general management costs for a year for a one, two and three-bedroomed non-sheltered dwelling in (a) Cheltenham, (b) Greater London, (c) England and (d) Great Britain.

Sir George Young

The information requested about costs of provision is not readily available from project control forms, except as averages for all sizes of dwellings. The average cost to a local authority in 1984 of providing a non-sheltered dwelling for rent was £30,500 in England and £42,000 in Greater London. The first-year debt charges on these costs, assuming an average interest rate of 11 per cent., would be £3,355 and £4,620 respectively. Separate figures for Cheltenham are not available. The average management and maintenance cost for all local authority dwellings in 1984–85 was £475 in England, £756 in Greater London and £479 in Cheltenham. Comparable information is not available for Great Britain as a whole.

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