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House of Lords written question – answered on 18th December 2008.

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Photo of Lord Taylor of Holbeach Lord Taylor of Holbeach Shadow Minister, Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government, Iain Wright, on 10 November (Official Report, House of Commons, 862—65W), if the average grant for 1,531 units purchased for social rent was £41,631, why the average for six units in Croydon was £175,667 and for four units in Southwark was £125,000.

Photo of Baroness Andrews Baroness Andrews Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Communities and Local Government, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Communities and Local Government)

The average grant per unit is a national figure and varies between regions and the type/size of home purchased. Average grant rates in London are considerably higher than those in other regions.

For Croydon, five of the homes were three-bedroomed properties and one was a two-bedroomed. These compare favourably to the average cost per unit of around £115,000 in Croydon for all social rented schemes so far approved this year through the Homes and Communities Agency's affordable housing programme.

In Southwark the average grant rate per unit for social rented schemes so far approved this year through the affordable housing programme is £122,000. The four homes purchased were all two-bedroomed street properties and therefore available for letting immediately.

The Homes and Communities Agency in considering bids for funding through the affordable housing programme assess them against criteria including fit with regional and local priorities, deliverability, quality and design and value for money.

We feel that refuge provision is an important issue and one we need to understand better. That is why we have commissioned research that will look at the provision of refuge places across the country. This will help establish how many bed spaces are available for those fleeing domestic abuse. It is hoped it will look at provision for different groups such as men; women; black and minority ethnic people; disabled people; lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or transgender people and more chaotic victims such as drug users, alcohol users and those leaving the sex trade.

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