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Asked by Baroness King of Bow

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many applicants were on the waiting list for the Seaside and Country Homes Scheme in each London borough in each year since 2004-05; and how many flats or bungalows became available to let under the Seaside and Country Homes Scheme in each of those years, broken down by county.[HL13460]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Hanham): This table shows the total number of households on the waiting list for the seaside and country homes scheme in the past three years. The department does not hold waiting list information before this date.

Year Total Households on Waiting List (local authority/housing association households)
 

  31 March 2010

 

  1250 (local authority/housing association split not available)

 

  31 March 2011

 

  1316 (716/600)

 

  31 October 2011

 

  1175 (686/489)

 

  The table below shows the number of households in local authority-owned properties seeking a move under the seaside and country homes scheme in 2010-11 and 2011-12, broken down by borough. The department does not hold waiting list information broken down by borough for households living in housing association-owned properties.



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  Number of Households on Waiting List
Borough 31 March 2011 31 October 2011
 

  Barking and Dagenham

 

  56

 

  74

 

  Barnet

 

  9

 

  8

 

  Bexley

 

  0

 

  0

 

  Brent

 

  3

 

  5

 

  Bromley

 

  1

 

  1

 

  Camden

 

  22

 

  25

 

  City of London

 

  12

 

  7

 

  Croydon

 

  27

 

  28

 

  Ealing

 

  20

 

  17

 

  Enfield

 

  19

 

  16

 

  Greenwich

 

  86

 

  64

 

  Hackney

 

  40

 

  44

 

  Hammersmith and Fulham

 

  16

 

  13

 

  Haringey

 

  17

 

  17

 

  Harrow

 

  10

 

  9

 

  Havering

 

  10

 

  10

 

  Hillingdon

 

  25

 

  25

 

  Hounslow

 

  25

 

  22

 

  Islington

 

  38

 

  36

 

  Kensington and Chelsea

 

  3

 

  2

 

  Kingston-upon-Thames

 

  8

 

  6

 

  Lambeth

 

  18

 

  16

 

  Lewisham

 

  30

 

  30

 

  Merton

 

  5

 

  2

 

  Newham

 

  45

 

  49

 

  Redbridge

 

  9

 

  11

 

  Richmond-upon-Thames

 

  1

 

  2

 

  Southwark

 

  79

 

  75

 

  Sutton

 

  18

 

  19

 

  Tower Hamlets

 

  24

 

  20

 

  Waltham Forest

 

  12

 

  13

 

  Wandsworth

 

  24

 

  17

 

  Westminster

 

  4

 

  3

 

  Total

 

  716

 

  686

 

  This table shows the number of flats and bungalows available to let since 2007-08, broken down by county. The department does not hold information about properties available before this date.

  Number of Properties Available for Let
County 31 March 2008 31 March 2009 31 March 2010 31 March 2011 31 October 2011
 

  Hampshire

 

  21

 

  15

 

  22

 

  20

 

  14

 

  Sussex

 

  25

 

  30

 

  49

 

  33

 

  38

 

  Kent

 

  26

 

  18

 

  39

 

  25

 

  18

 

  IOW

 

  6

 

  5

 

  8

 

  6

 

  5

 

  Wiltshire

 

  7

 

  6

 

  4

 

  2

 

  3

 

  Suffolk

 

  12

 

  16

 

  20

 

  15

 

  14

 

  Gloucestershire

 

  0

 

  2

 

  1

 

  3

 

  0

 

  Essex

 

  24

 

  38

 

  27

 

  32

 

  20

 

  Somerset

 

  15

 

  12

 

  23

 

  23

 

  10

 

  Shropshire

 

  1

 

  3

 

  6

 

  4

 

  3

 

  Dorset

 

  11

 

  7

 

  3

 

  6

 

  4

 

  Norfolk

 

  10

 

  9

 

  9

 

  12

 

  9

 

  Devon

 

  2

 

  4

 

  6

 

  10

 

  3

 

  Lincolnshire

 

  1

 

  3

 

  6

 

  4

 

  3

 

  Cornwall

 

  2

 

  4

 

  6

 

  3

 

  5

 

  Cambridgeshire

 

  3

 

  4

 

  5

 

  0

 

  0

 

  Berkshire

 

  7

 

  3

 

  1

 

  4

 

  1

 

  Total

 

  173

 

  179

 

  235

 

  202

 

  150

 

  The seaside and country homes scheme supports better use of social housing stock in London by enabling households aged 60 and above to relocate to specific properties in other parts of the country. It was operated by MoveUK from 2004 to 2006. When that contract was terminated and the MoveUK scheme collapsed under the last Administration, it was then operated by DCLG, and subsequently transferred to the Greater London Authority from April 2011.

 

  I would add that this Government's new national HomeSwap Direct scheme will make it easier for tenants living in a council or housing association home to find a new property in another part of the country.

 

  HomeSwap Direct will mean that for the first time there will be a system in place across the whole of the United Kingdom. Tenants looking to move, whether

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for a job, to be near family or to a property better suited to their needs, will be able to see all the available homes across the whole of the country.

   Asked by   Lord Greaves

 

 To ask Her Majesty's Government when decisions will be made on the allocation of transitional funding for the completion of schemes in former housing market renewal pathfinder areas.[HL13542]

     Baroness Hanham: I refer the noble Lord to the Written Ministerial Statement made on 24 November (Official Report, col. WS 82-84).

 

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