Housing (Yorkshire and Humberside)

Deputy Prime Minister written question – answered on 21st January 2004.

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Photo of Austin Mitchell Austin Mitchell Labour, Great Grimsby

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the difference is between the housing capital allocation for local authorities in (a) Yorkshire and (b) Humberside for 2005–06 and 2004–05; what the basis is of the new allocations; what account they take of (i) the state of the stock, (ii) decent housing targets and (iii) repair backlogs; and how any money still to be allocated is to be made available.

Photo of Yvette Cooper Yvette Cooper Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister) (Regeneration and Regional Developement)

£76.110 million is being allocated to Yorkshire and the Humber local authorities for 2004–05 from the Single Regional Housing Pot, and £81.059 million for 2005–06. Resources for 2004–05 are fully allocated. £22.555 million remains to be allocated for 2005–06. Allocations made to date to authorities in (a) Yorkshire and (b) Humberside are as follows:

£ million
2004–05 2005–06
Yorkshire 63.413 48.896
Humberside 12.697 9.608

Allocations for both years comprise a formulaic element (fully allocated) plus the outcome of Regional Housing Board (RHB) commissioning of proposals for private sector renewal, low demand (in specified areas), and 'transformational proposals' (2005–06 only). Proposals for the remaining resources have been commissioned, and will be considered by the Board at meetings up to September 2004.

Stock condition is an element in the indicator used for the formulaic element. Additionally, decent homes were taken into account through a Government Office survey of expenditure commitments.

I will write to my hon. Friend with additional information.

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