Council Housing

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 20th November 2008.

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Photo of Austin Mitchell Austin Mitchell Labour, Great Grimsby

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which organisations are being paid to facilitate work for her Department on (a) council housing, (b) the review of council housing finance and (c) the housing reform green paper; and how much each organisation is being paid.

Photo of Iain Wright Iain Wright Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Communities and Local Government)

holding answer 13 November 2008

In terms of (a) council housing, there are too many organisations to list on this topic. This question would need to be more specific for us to be able to respond.

In terms of (b) the review of council housing finance:

Housing Quality Network - An Evaluation of Management and Maintenance Costs in Local Authorities - £29,980;

Housemark - Evaluation of Management and Maintenance Costs (data supply) -£9,600;

Building Research Establishment - Review of the Major Repairs Allowance £35,388;

Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) are providing organisational support and facilitation in the delivery of theme-based and regional workshops, hosting an e-forum and developing narratives. This contract will be concluded towards the latter stages of the Review and will be under £100,000 in total;

GFK-NOP - Research into tenants' attitudes towards Council Housing Finance and Rents Policy - £28,898;

Professor Steve Wilcox - Analysis of Rents - £18,500;

Sharp Research Services - Processing of Tenant Questionnaire - £8,550;

Tribal Consulting - Analysis of Debt Options - £16,400;

David Hall and Professor Michael Jones, CLG Expert Panel - Analysis of Evidence Gaps - £14,687;

Wave 9 of the Housing Corporation Residents' Panel Survey - £11,900;

Sheffield City Council has seconded a member of staff for up to 3.5 days per week to lead on two of the four workstreams in the Review;

In terms of (c) the housing reform green paper:

Ipsos MORI- Omnibus survey module aimed at lower income groups- £121,575;

Ipsos MORI - The housing choices of low income groups, and attitudes and experiences towards different types of housing advice, support and provisions - £41,400;

Sarah Monk and Anne Green, CLG expert panel - Review of existing data on attitudes to housing and the social housing Sector- £9,700;

Danny Dorling and Alex Marsh - CLG expert panel- Discussions on demographic and future challenges linked to the Housing Green Paper- £2,900;

Ken Gibb, CLG expert panel - Support to the Housing Green Paper Modelling Workstream- £3,000;

The CIH have developed and are managing an e-forum to allow stakeholders and members of the public including tenants to debate housing reform - £2,000. This amount is included within the wider contract with the CIH on the housing finance review (listed above).

All costs are exclusive of VAT.

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