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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many applicants were on the waiting list for the Seaside and Country Homes Scheme in each London borough in each year since 2004-05; and how many flats or bungalows became available to let under the Seaside and Country Homes Scheme in each of those years, broken down by county.
This table shows the total number of households on the waiting list for the seaside and country homes scheme in the past three years. The department does not hold waiting list information before this date.
|Year||Total Households on Waiting List (local authority/housing association households)|
|31 March 2010||1250 (local authority/housing association split not available)|
|31 March 2011||1316 (716/600)|
|31 October 2011||1175 (686/489)|
The table below shows the number of households in local authority-owned properties seeking a move under the seaside and country homes scheme in 2010-11 and 2011-12, broken down by borough. The department does not hold waiting list information broken down by borough for households living in housing association-owned properties.
|Number of Households on Waiting List|
|Borough||31 March 2011||31 October 2011|
|Barking and Dagenham||56||74|
|City of London||12||7|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||16||13|
|Kensington and Chelsea||3||2|
This table shows the number of flats and bungalows available to let since 2007-08, broken down by county. The department does not hold information about properties available before this date.
|Number of Properties Available for Let|
|County||31 March 2008||31 March 2009||31 March 2010||31 March 2011||31 October 2011|
The seaside and country homes scheme supports better use of social housing stock in London by enabling households aged 60 and above to relocate to specific properties in other parts of the country. It was operated by MoveUK from 2004 to 2006. When that contract was terminated and the MoveUK scheme collapsed under the last Administration, it was then operated by DCLG, and subsequently transferred to the Greater London Authority from April 2011.
I would add that this Government's new national HomeSwap Direct scheme will make it easier for tenants living in a council or housing association home to find a new property in another part of the country.
HomeSwap Direct will mean that for the first time there will be a system in place across the whole of the United Kingdom. Tenants looking to move, whether for a job, to be near family or to a property better suited to their needs, will be able to see all the available homes across the whole of the country.