Housing: Subsidies

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 29th March 2007.

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Photo of Anne Snelgrove Anne Snelgrove PPS (Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt, Secretary of State), Department of Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

(1) which local authorities are eligible for housing revenue account subsidy; and how much was granted to each eligible local authority in each year for which there are records;

(2) how much each local authority in England paid back to the Exchequer from their housing revenue account in each year since 1990.

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

I have placed the information requested in the Library of the House in a form of a table showing the amount of positive and negative housing revenue account subsidy entitlement for every eligible authority since 1994-95. Earlier information can only be retrieved at disproportionate cost.

The definition of negative subsidy was changed by the Local Government Act 2003, which came into force on 1 April 2004. The figures given are directly comparable, though the terminology changed between the financial years.

In the most recent year for which audited data are available (2005-06), the Exchequer made an annual contribution of over £200 million.

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