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Affordable Housing: Rural Areas

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Huw Irranca-Davies Huw Irranca-Davies Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many units of affordable housing were developed in rural areas in each of the last three years.

Photo of Mark Prisk Mark Prisk The Minister for Housing

There were 20,830 additional affordable dwellings provided in rural areas in 2009-10, 20,890 additional affordable dwellings provided in rural areas in 2010-11 and 20,400 additional affordable dwellings provided in rural areas in 2011-12. Comparative figures for 2008-09 were 19,820.

Rural areas included all local authorities defined as Significant Rural (districts with more than 37,000 people or more than 26% of their population in rural settlements and larger market towns); Rural-50 (districts with at least 50% but less than 80% of their population in rural settlements and larger market towns); or Rural-80 (districts with at least 80% of their population in rural settlements and larger market towns) based on the DEFRA rural/urban local authority classification.

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