HC Deb 18 March 2004 vol 419 c454W
Mr. Laurence Robertson

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his Department's target rents are for(a) housing association properties and (b) sheltered accommodation, listing the service charge stated separately in each case; and if he will make a statement. [162201]

Keith Hill

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister does not set a single target rent for social rented accommodation, or for sheltered accommodation. The formula for target rent for each social rented property, whether a housing association or local authority landlord, reflects size, value and location when compared to all other social rented property.

Service charges in all social rented property, and support charges in sheltered accommodation, are charged separately from rent. The maximum charge to the tenant for service and support is the cost price to the landlord. Charges depend both upon services received, and the landlord's costs for fulfilling the service and support needs of its tenants. Tenants in sheltered housing may also be in receipt of Supporting People grant towards the cost of support services.