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Housing: Children

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 27th June 2012.

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Photo of Karen Buck Karen Buck Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many children were living in poor housing in the latest period for which figures are available.

Photo of Grant Shapps Grant Shapps The Minister for Housing

holding answer 25 June 2012

The information is taken from the English Housing Survey 2009-10. It was estimated that around 3.2 million dependent children were living in non-decent homes at that time.

The previous Government set a target that all social housing should by 2010 meet the Decent Homes standard. This was not met, which is why we are providing £1.6 billion of funding over the spending review period to help make 127,000 council homes decent, and a further £0.5 billion to stock transfer housing associations.

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