Decent Homes

Deputy Prime Minister written question – answered on 7th November 2002.

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Photo of Mr Iain Coleman Mr Iain Coleman Labour, Hammersmith and Fulham

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made at 2002–03 prices of (a) the national total and (b) totals broken down by Government Office region for the investment required to (i) meet the Decent Homes Standard for council tenants' homes and (ii) clear the backlog of housing investment in council tenants' homes, broken down into (A) repairs and (B) improvements.

Photo of Tony McNulty Tony McNulty Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister

We estimate that at April 2001 there was a backlog of capital works in the council housing sector totalling about #20 billion at 2002 prices— #10.5 billion for repairs and #9.5 billion for improvements. About #16.5 billion of this relates to works within the decent home standard and #3.5 billion for works outside the standard (eg environment improvements, security works etc).

These estimates are based on the 1996 English House Condition Survey, rolled forward to give a 2001 position. Regional estimates of the total backlog, based on applying the regional distribution from local authority Housing Revenue Account Business Plans to this national total, are given in the table.

GO Region Estimated Backlog at 2001 (2002 Prices)
Cost (#mn) % of Total
North East 1,300 6%
North West 3,100 16%
Yorkshire and the Humber 2,700 14%
East Midlands 1,200 6%
West Midlands 2,500 12%
East of England 1,100 5%
London 6,100 31%
South East 1,200 6%
South West 900 5%
England total #20,000 100%


Components may not sum to total due to rounding

The 2001 English House Condition Survey will provide more up-to-date estimates early in the New Year.

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