§ Mr. Brandon-Bravo
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what are the latest available figures for the numbers of sheltered dwellings for the elderly; and what were the figures in 1979.
§ Mr. Chope
Preliminary estimates for April 1989 derived from English local authorities' housing investment programme returns (HIPI) show that the number of sheltered housing units has risen by 70 per cent. since 1979. During this same period the total stock of housing has risen by 10 per cent.
Sheltered housing for the elderly: 1979 and 1989 thousands 1979 1989 increase Local authorities 209 300 91 Housing associations 48 117 69 Private 7 34 27 All (including other) 270 455 185