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Written Questions

Asked by Baroness King of Bow

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Hanham on 29 November 2011 (WA 47-9), what were the costs of the Seaside and Country Homes Scheme for each year it has been operated by the Department for Communities and Local Government or Greater London Authority.[HL340]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Hanham): The Department for Communities and Local Government was responsible for the Seaside and Country Homes scheme between July 2007 and March 2011. During this period, the costs of running the service were as follows:

Year Costs
 

  2010-11

 

  £1,200,000

 

  2009-10

 

  £1,600,000

 

  2008-09

 

  £1,100,000

 

  2007-08 (July-March)

 

  £960,000



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  Responsibility for the scheme was transferred to the Greater London Authority in April 2011: operating costs since that date are a matter for the Greater London Authority. In both 2011/12 and 2012/13, the department provided a grant of £400,000 to the Authority to support the operation of the scheme.

   Asked by   Lord Janner of Braunstone

 

 To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Hanham on 21 October 2011 (WA 108-9), how many of the 170,000 affordable homes due to be delivered by 2015 have been delivered to date.[HL350]

     Baroness Hanham: Out of the 146 successful providers through the Homes and Communities Agency's Affordable Homes Programme, 2011-15 contracts have now been signed with 122 totalling around £1.7 billion of the £1.8 billion budget and I am placing a table in the Library of the House which lists all 122. Further information on the contracts signed by the Homes and Communities Agency can also be found on their website:  http://www.homesandcommunities.co.uk/sites/default/files/our-work/affordable/homes-programme-signed-contracts-210512.xls

 

  We estimate that our total affordable housing investment of £4.5 billion over the spending review will lever in around £15 billion of private sector investment enabling us to deliver our 170,000 affordable homes. We have also asked the Homes and Communities Agency to explore options for accelerating delivery of their programme.

 Housing Benefit

Question

   Asked by   Baroness King of Bow

 

 To ask Her Majesty's Government how many housing benefit or local housing allowance claimants in Tower Hamlets were in private rented sector accommodation in each year since 2001.[HL344]

     The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions (Lord Freud): The information requested is given in the table.



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Housing Benefit recipients in Tower Hamlets Local Authority (LA) in the Private Rented Sector, 2001 to 2012
  All Housing Benefit recipients in Tower Hamlets LA Housing Benefit recipients in the Private Rented Sector4
 

  August 2001

 

  30,340

 

  1,480

 

  August 2002

 

  29,950

 

  1,340

 

  August 2003

 

  30,060

 

  1,400

 

  August 2004

 

  31,180

 

  1,570

 

  August 2005

 

  32,300

 

  2,150

 

  August 2006

 

  32,160

 

  2,460

 

  August 2007

 

  32,040

 

  2,530

 

  August 2008

 

  .

 

  .

 

  August 2009

 

  33,990

 

  4,180

 

  August 2010

 

  35,590

 

  5,250

 

  August 2011

 

  36,470

 

  5,520

 

  February 2012

 

  37,050

 

  5,560

Source. Quarterly aggregate clerical returns: 2001 to 2007; Single Housing Benefit Extract (SHBE), 2008 onwards.

Notes:

1. Data from August 2008 onwards are derived from the new Single Housing Benefit Extract (SHBE) which is a monthly electronic scan of claimants level data direct from local authority computer systems, whereas earlier years are derived from quarterly aggregate returns. The latest available data are at February 2012.

2. Figures from the two sources may not be directly comparable: the introduction of SHBE has improved the accuracy of HB/CTB statistics as it is based on individual claimant records rather than summary statistics, has a higher completion rate from Local Authorities leading to less estimation of missing data, and is subject to more thorough quality assurance.

3. " . " Figures for August 2008 are not available.

4. Local Housing Allowance was introduced in the deregulated private sector from April 2008. Data for the period 2001 to 2007 are non-LA tenants excluding Registered Social Landlords (RSL).

5. Data are rounded to nearest 10. Totals may not sum due to rounding.

6. Data for 2008 onwards are published at:  http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd1/hb_ctb/index.php?page=hbctb_arc.

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