Clause 1 — Duty of local housing authority to formulate a housing strategy

Part of Orders of the Day — Homelessness Bill – in the House of Commons at 8:30 pm on 22nd October 2001.

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Photo of David Wright David Wright Labour, Telford 8:30 pm, 22nd October 2001

Does the hon. Gentleman agree that, in many circumstances, it is the amount of time taken to repair a property that is critical? Mr. Sanders mentioned the importance of considering different housing markets in relation to individual local authorities. I think that what is critical is the time taken by a local authority to take a void property and return it to use, not the time during which the property is sitting on its books while multiple offers are being made.

I have worked for a housing authority, and I know that properties can be offered eight or nine times. Authorities such as that—and it was a Labour authority—work very hard to ensure that properties are let as efficiently as possible. The hon. Gentleman fails to acknowledge that.