Affordable Housing

Part of Office of the Deputy Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 16th November 2005.

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Photo of Jim Fitzpatrick Jim Fitzpatrick Minister (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister) (London) 11:30 am, 16th November 2005

The hon. Gentleman says that he and his constituents are fed up with the setting of targets. The Government's programme in dealing with the 2 million homes that were below the decency threshold is clearly on track. I have quoted statistics relating to our dealing with the scandals of families in bed-and-breakfast accommodation and homelessness, and we are clearly on track. We issued new planning policy guidance earlier this year, which will help local authorities. We have consulted on one of the Kate Barker recommendations. The new planning policy statement will be responded to before the end of the year. That will help not only Shipley but the whole of the United Kingdom.