HC Deb 30 October 1995 vol 265 cc56-7W
Mr. Kaufman

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will specify and categorise the 70,000 social lettings referred to in the seventh paragraph of the letter of 23 October from his Department to hon. Members on the subject of homelessness legislation. [40279]

Mr. Curry

Details of the 70,000 social lettings expected to be provided through public investment in 199–96 were given on page 60 of the Government's Housing White Paper "Our Future Homes", published in June. The figures are as follows:

Providing homes for rent England output
The Housing Corporation helps housing associations to build new homes to rent. 27,100
The Housing Corporation also helps associations to buy and rehabilitate existing homes. 8,900
Local authorities fund housing associations to build new homes and buy and rehabilitate existing homes, helped by Government grant. 11,000
A small number of new homes are provided from local authorities' own resources 1,000
Making better use of existing homes
We release additional existing social lettings through the Cash Incentive Scheme, giving local authority tenants grants to help them to buy their own homes in the private sector. 5,500
We run a similar scheme for housing association tenants, the tenants incentive scheme. 7,200
Supporting low cost home ownership
We help people on low incomes, who need a home, to buy at low cost, by building homes for shared ownership 4,600
Through the do it yourself shared ownership scheme, we help people on low incomes, who are often living in social housing, buy on the open market. 4,700
Total 70,000