Social Rented Housing
Communities and Local Government
Jack Dromey (Birmingham, Erdington, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much is spent annually by social housing landlords on repairs; and how much of that total is on statutory or other repairs that cannot be devolved to tenants.
Grant Shapps (Minister of State (Housing and Local Government), Communities and Local Government; Welwyn Hatfield, Conservative)
The information requested is as follows.
During 2010-11 local authority landlords spent a total of £3.3 billion on maintenance and repairs, according to Housing Revenue Account subsidy data returns. This amounts to approximately £1,900 per dwelling on average.
Over the same period, housing associations spent a total of £3.6 billion on maintenance and repairs—almost £1,600 per dwelling on average.
These figures cover all types of repairs and maintenance, not all of which would be suitable for inclusion in Tenant Cashback schemes. We expect landlords to discuss and agree with tenants how local schemes should work, taking account of local circumstances and the wishes and capabilities of tenants.