Housing: Standards

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

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Photo of Tom Watson Tom Watson Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the progress being made in bringing 70 per cent. of private rented sector housing up to the decent homes standard by 2010.

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

Good progress is being made. Of the 3.2 million vulnerable households living in the private sector in 2005, 66 per cent. (2.1 million) live in decent homes, according to the English house condition survey 2005). This percentage has increased from 57 per cent. in 2001 and 43 per cent. in 1996.

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