HC Deb 25 October 1989 vol 158 c467W
Mr. Raison

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will approve an application by Aylesbury Vale district council to operate a cash incentive scheme under section 129 of the Housing Act 1988; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Chope

Approval has today been given for Aylesbury Vale district council to incur expenditure of £100,000 in 1989–90 on cash incentive grants to help the council's tenants to buy homes of their own.

Many councils are coming to realise that cash incentives offer a cost-effective means of releasing council homes for reletting to homeless families and others in acute housing need. Since section 129 of the Housing Act 1988 came into effect on 1 April this year, 38 cash incentive schemes have been approved which will enable the councils concerned to spend up to £12 million on grants to secure 1,100 vacancies for reletting. Further schemes are under consideration. This is an encouraging start. Other councils should consider putting schemes forward for approval.