Housing

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Christopher Huhne Christopher Huhne Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of eligible people have participated in key worker affordable housing schemes in each year since 2001, broken down by (a) region and (b) homes that are in (i) rural and (ii) non-rural areas; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Yvette Cooper Yvette Cooper Minister of State (Department of Communities and Local Government) (Housing and Planning)

In recent years the Government have funded a number of schemes to offer specific housing assistance to key workers in areas experiencing problems of recruitment and retention difficulties: from April 2001 to March 2006, over 23,000 homes for key workers have been provided through the starter home initiative and key worker living programmes. These include both new homes and provision of equity loans to support purchase of homes on the open market. SHI ran from 2001-04 and was replaced by KWL in April 2004. KWL only operates in the south- east, London and the east of England.

We do not have data on how many key workers might be eligible for the programme so we do not know what proportion of eligible people have participated. The numbers of key workers that received help from key worker housing initiatives in each year since 2001 are provided in the following tables. These tables do not include second key workers helped within a household.

2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 Total
East
Key workers helped through new build 4 29 72 36 49 164 354
Key workers helped through equity loans 0 118 414 358 818 354 2,062
London
Key workers helped through new build 0 0 41 131 372 408 952
Key workers helped through equity loans 13 1,373 2,596 2,039 2,465 1,456 9,942
South East
Key workers helped through new build 0 16 148 398 652 935 2,149
Key workers helped through equity loans 68 877 2,205 1,091 1,687 924 6,852
South West
Key workers helped through new build 0 20 14 0. 0 0 34
Key workers helped through equity loans 5 97 281 25 0 0 408
West Midlands
Key workers helped through new build 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Key workers helped through equity loans 0 5 121 0 0 0 126

We do not collect data on the numbers of homes purchased in rural areas with the assistance of an equity loan. However, we do know the numbers of key workers helped through our new build schemes in rural areas. These are given in the following table. These numbers are small because demand for key worker housing tends to be in urban areas where the majority of employer organisations are located. However, from April 2006 regional housing boards have been able to prioritise groups for assistance under our other low cost home ownership schemes.

East South East Total
2001 0 0 0
2001 0 0 0
2003 0 0 0
2004 0 2 2
2005 19 3 22
2006 5 4 9
Total 24 9 33

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