§ Mrs. Anne Campbell
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what plans he has to increase the Housing Corporation capital funding to meet community care housing needs for new schemes to allow new building levels to equal the 1989–90 level.
§ Mr. Dunnachie
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will increase the proportion of Housing Corporation capital funding to meet new schemes for community care housing needs to levels at or above those given in 1989–90; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Baldry
The Housing Corporation continues to provide support for 3,000 special needs bed spaces a year, which attract revenue funding from the special needs management allowance. The corporation also provides capital support for further units of accommodation—up to 1,500 in the current year suitable—for people with special needs, but not requiring revenue support. No decisions have yet been taken about future levels of expenditure.
There are many ways of meeting the housing needs arising from community care, including general needs social housing funded by the corporation, in which tenants can receive non-residential care support. Overall, resources for the corporation's approved development programme have been doubled from £935 million in 1989–90 to over £1.8 billion this year.
The corporation's allocations to housing associations are made in response to the housing strategies prepared by local housing authorities. They in turn are consulted by the social services agencies about their community care strategies.121W