HC Deb 06 December 1990 vol 182 c172W
Mr. Gwilym Jones

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what resources are to be made available to Tai Cymru in the financial year 1991–92.

Mr. David Hunt

In gross terms the resources available to Tai Cymru will be over £117.4 million. Taking account of associated private sector funding, the overall programme will be worth above £150 million next year. I am delighted that this will secure a further tranche of over 3,000 unit completions in 1991–92.

The package of resources to be made available to Housing for Wales over the four-year period to 1993–94 will now total nearly half a billion pounds. The total allocation of over £480 million means a 36 per cent. increase from 1990–91 to 1993–94; by when the allocation will have virtually trebled in cash terms from five years ago.

I am glad that Tai Cymru continues to make good progress in achieving strategic development of housing associations in Wales: by the close of its third full year of operation, and taking account of the provision that I have been able to make this year, Tai Cymru should have increased housing association dwelling stock by over a third.

As regards current expenditure, I shall be making available £4.8 million in 1991–92—an increase of £3 million over 1990–91—to cover the costs of the special needs management allowance scheme introduced in Wales this year. The scheme is of particular significance in carrying forward our strategies for vulnerable groups in Wales. I intend that its impact should be kept under continuing review.