HC Deb 22 March 2000 vol 346 cc531-2W
Dr. Lynne Jones

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what has been the average annual subsidy per tenant, taking into account housing benefits and capital grants paid by the Exchequer, to(a) council tenants and (b) tenants of registered social landlords, in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available. [114719]

Mr. Mullin

Table 1 shows the information that is available on the level of Exchequer support for tenants of local authorities and of registered social landlords (RSLs), but the information does not allow a direct comparison between the two sectors. The table shows the Exchequer subsidy which is paid to local authorities in respect of their tenants as Housing Revenue Account subsidy, and the Housing Benefit paid to tenants of RSLs.

Capital support for local authorities is in the form of permissions to borrow (known as Basic Credit Approvals) rather than capital grants; the interest on this borrowing is subsidised as part of the Housing Revenue Account subsidy.

Table 2 shows the Exchequer capital grants paid as Social Housing Grant (SHG) to RSLs by the Housing Corporation through the Approved Development Programme (ADP). SHG enables RSLs to provide affordable housing for rent and sale. Because the benefit of the SHG is realised over the lifetime of the property there is no direct correlation between the grant paid in any one year and the number of tenants.

Table 1
£ per dwelling per annum
Average per dwelling of Housing Element and Rent Rebate subsidy paid to local authorities Average gross expenditure on rent allowances for tenants of registered social landlords
1990–91 922
1991–92 964
1992–93 1,044
1993–94 1,100 1,222
1994–95 1,145 1,430
1995–96 1,146 1,640
1996–97 1,173 1,825
1997–98 1,140 1,892
1998–99 1,078 1,977


1. The figures are averages per dwelling.

2. Local authority information is derived from subsidy claim forms, and shows the sum of Housing Element and Rent Rebate subsidy.

3. For registered social landlords, estimates derived from quarterly and annual statistical returns, and annual subsidy claim forms, from local authorities.

4. Information on average gross expenditure for registered social landlords is not available before 1993–94.

5. England only

Table 2: Housing corporation gross approved development programme expenditure
£ million
1992–93 2,351
1993–94 1,810
1994–95 1,484
1995–96 1,142
1996–97 1,044
1998–99 684
1998–99 607


1. Housing Corporation's Approved Development Programme is the main component of the Social Housing Grant. RSLs bid for capital grants from the ADP to develop new social housing, with rents at sub-market levels.

2. Figures taken from Housing Corporation Stewardship Reports. Reliable information is only available from 1992–93.

3. England only

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