Communities and Local Government
Bob Ainsworth (Coventry North East, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many dependent children in (a) Coventry, (b) Coventry North East constituency, (c) the West Midlands and (d) England were living in homes not classed as decent in each of the last five years.
Andrew Stunell (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Communities and Local Government; Hazel Grove, Liberal Democrat)
The data source for this is the English Housing Survey (2008-09 to 2010-11), and its predecessor the English House Condition Survey (2005-06 to 2007-08). Due to the nature of sample surveys, figures can only be provided where sample sizes are large enough to make reliable estimates.
(a) Not available at this geographical level.
(b) Not available at this geographical level.
(c) In the West Midlands the numbers of dependent children living in non-decent housing was approximately:
Figures have been rounded to the nearest 50,000, as there is a good deal of uncertainty around these figures due to small sample sizes.
(d) In England the numbers of dependent children living in non-decent housing was approximately:
Figures have been rounded to the nearest 100,000.
My Department is providing £1.6 billion of funding over the spending review period to help councils ensure council housing meets the Decent Homes Standard. This is expected to deliver an additional 127,000 decent council homes by 2014-15.