HC Deb 19 May 2004 vol 421 cc1048-9W
Mr. Austin Mitchell

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many houses have been brought up to the Government's Decent Homes Standards by(a) registered social landlords, (b) arm's length management organisations, (c) councils and (d) the Public Finance Initiative since targets were fixed; and what proportion these numbers constitute of each sector's stock. [173669]

Keith Hill

The data collected for each of the sectors shows reduction in non-decent homes not numbers of homes made decent. The data from local authorities and registered social landlords (RSL) returns based on 2003 out-turn and plans to March 2004 show that(a) RSLs have reduced the number of non-decent homes by 20,000 since April 2001. This includes the impact of the transfer on non-decent homes from local authorities. (b) Arm's length management organisations (ALMOs) have reduced the number by 30,000. This covers the 19 ALMOs that have received their additional resources. The first ALMOs that passed inspection started operations in November 2002. (c) Non-decent stock in local authority management between 2001 and 2004 has reduced by 350,000. (d) Work under the first Public Finance Initiative (PFI) schemes only started in July 2003. Data are not yet available on progress.