HC Deb 03 March 2003 vol 400 c860W
Ms Oona King

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the London Housing Board will be able to fund the construction of new affordable housing in the east, south east and south west regions for use as part of the Seaside and Country Homes Scheme. [99170]

Mr. McNulty

It will remain open to authorities in London, and elsewhere, to support the provision of additional affordable housing in other regions if this is a cost-effective way of addressing their housing needs but only where it has the support of the authority in which the housing is to be provided. The establishment of regional housing boards will allow a more strategic view to be taken about the extent to which needs can be met by provision of housing outside the region.

Ms Oona King

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many units of affordable housing(a) for rent and (b) for sale were built from funding generated by recycled capital grant in each year since 1997. [99174]

Mr. McNulty

The option for Registered Social Landlords to recycle social housing grant was introduced in April 1997. The number of dwellings completed by RSLs which have been funded, wholly or in conjunction with loans or RSL reserves, from recycled capital grant fund since 1997 are tabled below.

Sale Rent
1997–98 1 0
1998–99 100 87
1999–2000 85 271
2000–01 502 646
2001–02 1218 361
1Figures for 2001–02 subject to validation

In addition, RSLs have built affordable housing units by combining recycled grant with social housing grant from local authorities or the Housing Corporation. These units are not included in the above figures. RSLs can also use recycled grant for major repair and improvement of their existing housing.