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Affordable Housing

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 3rd May 2011.

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Photo of Aidan Burley Aidan Burley Conservative, Cannock Chase

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of his Department's performance against objectives for efficiency savings in respect of affordable housing in 2009-10.

Photo of Andrew Stunell Andrew Stunell The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Communities and Local Government

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, my right hon. Friend Danny Alexander, to my hon. Friend John Pugh on 15 November 2010, Hansard, column 615-16W, which referred to a more specific and innovative approach to efficiency and reform across the public sector. As a result of this Departments were no longer required to report against the previous Government's efficiency targets.

That notwithstanding, at the comprehensive spending review 2007, the Department was set a target to achieve £887 million value for money savings by 2010-11, made up of £734 million savings in affordable housing, £110 million in Fire and Rescue, and £43 million in administration. Provisional figures indicate that only £128 million of affordable housing savings were actually delivered.

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