Housing North West

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 11th March 2009.

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Photo of Stewart Jackson Stewart Jackson Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to Lord Greaves of 23 February 2009, Hansard, House of Lords, column 17WA, on Housing North West, in which other Government Office regions in England regional partnerships have been established.

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

None of the Government Office regions have regional housing partnerships similar to the North West, although there are regional partnerships in London and the West Midlands.

In London the Mayor has established the Mayor's Housing Forum (MHF). The primary role of the MHF is to act as an advisory body to the Mayor in the development of the Mayor's Housing Strategy and its implementation. It also aims to share information and develop ideas about key housing issues in London and to receive and consider key documentation on research, strategies and policy initiatives; and the relevant strategies of member organisations.

The MHF is chaired by the Mayor's Office and the Greater London authority provides the secretariat. The MHF meets quarterly.

In the West Midlands there are a series of three interrelated voluntary partnerships, who work together to deliver on the housing agenda.

Strategic Advisory Panel, which provides a wide forum for planning, environment and housing policy issues to be debated.

Regional housing executive oversees the development and delivery of the regional housing strategy, and recommends investment in line with the regional housing strategy.

West Midlands Regional Housing Advisory Forum; this is an officer-led partnership group, which supports the activities of the regional housing executive.

The partnerships are all voluntary and receive no funding.

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