HC Deb 11 July 2002 vol 388 cc1155-6W
Jeremy Corbyn

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list for each English housing authority the level of(a) investment in new council housing and (b) public financial support through the Housing Corporation for the last five years. [68617]

Mr. McNulty

The table provides figures for total expenditure on new council housing and funding provided through the Housing Corporation in England. I am arranging for a table setting out the figures for individual local authorities to be placed in the Library.

Support from Housing Corporation through:
Local authority new, build1 Approved Development Programme Local authority Social Housing Grant
1997–98 45.1 683.4 363.1
1998–99 44.2 606.4 334.6
1999–2000 48.4 638.1 327.7
2000–01 21.5 717.5 399.9
2001–02 2 774.5 410.4
1 Figures for 1997–98 to 1999–2000 include acquisitions of dwellings
2Not available

Jeremy Corbyn

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many(a) council and (b) RSL dwellings there were at the latest available date in each constituency. [68614]

Authorities have also been sent a 10-point check list of good practice outlining the key 'building blocks' in reducing B&B use. Regional seminars have been held and examples of good practice have been shared through a newsletter and via the ODPM website at: www.housing.odpm.gov.uk/bbu/ news/pdf/news0302.pdf.

In addition, all local authorities will benefit from recent changes to housing benefit subsidy levels, worth an estimated £10 million, which provide an incentive to lease private sector homes as a better quality alternative to B&Bs.

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