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House of Lords
Written Questions

Asked by  Baroness King of Bow

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) local authority, and (2) housing association tenants in each London Borough have been sent letters encouraging them to exercise their right to buy their homes.[HL2713]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Hanham): The Government are determined that tenants who are eligible to exercise the right to buy their home and are able to afford it should be made aware of the significantly increased discount of up to £75,000 now available. In order to protect tenants' personal data, the department was rightly not able to use personal address data supplied by local authorities and housing associations to mail tenants directly. The contractor therefore used other database information to help target potential eligible tenants, as is the norm for direct mail marketing. The estimated total number of tenants in London sent a letter from the right to buy team, by main post code, was as follows:

 

  BR

 

  4,338

 

  CR

 

  7,720

 

  E

 

  23,249

 

  EC

 

  1,210

 

  EN

 

  5,343

 

  HA

 

  6,261

 

  IG

 

  5,107

 

  KT

 

  5,525

 

  N

 

  19,664

 

  NW

 

  13,087

 

  RM

 

  13,083

 

  SE

 

  37,410

 

  SM

 

  3,558

 

  SW

 

  19,196

 

  TW

 

  8,311

 

  UB

 

  7,344

 

  W

 

  31,612

 

  WC

 

  987

 

  Total

 

  213,005

 

  We do not hold this information by local authority area.



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  Landlords have a statutory duty to inform their tenants about the changes. However, the department's research on previous changes to the scheme suggested that only a third of tenants were aware of those changes. It would be unfair if some tenants were not able to exercise their legal right to buy because of local councils keeping them in the dark and failing to promote the reinvigorated scheme.

   Asked by   Baroness King of Bow

 

 To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received about the consultation undertaken with residents of the Barkantine, Kingsbridge, Samuda and St John's estates in relation to the takeover of Island Homes by One Housing Group.[HL2715]

     Baroness Hanham: The Government have received representations on this matter from local residents and local representatives in the area. The Government have encouraged all the parties involved to continue their discussions to try and find an equitable solution.

   Asked by   Baroness King of Bow

 

 To ask Her Majesty's Government how many tenants served on (1) the board of the Tenants Services Authority, and (2) the regulatory committee of the Homes and Communities Agency.[HL2716]

     Baroness Hanham: All members of the Tenant Services Authority's Board and the Homes and Communities Agency's Regulation Committee were appointed on merit on the basis of fair and open competition.

 

  The Homes and Communities Agency does not collect information about the housing tenures of its non-executives and neither did the Tenant Services Authority up until its abolition. However any members of the Homes and Communities Agency Regulation Committee (and previously the Tenant Services Authority Board) who are tenants of registered social housing providers would be expected to declare this on their register of interests. No member of the Homes and Communities Agency Regulation Committee has declared such an interest. At the point of its abolition, two members of the Tenant Services Authority Board had declared that they were tenants of registered social housing providers.

 

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