Council Housing

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 5th September 2013.

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Photo of Robert Halfon Robert Halfon Conservative, Harlow

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many council houses have been purchased by residents in (a) Harlow constituency, (b) the East of England and (c) the UK since 2001.

Photo of Mark Prisk Mark Prisk The Minister for Housing

Figures for Harlow constituency are not available. Figures are available at a local authority level and the relevant local authorities for the Harlow constituency are Harlow and Epping Forest. Between 2001-02 and 2012-13 there were 1,111 sales of local authority owned dwellings through the Right to Buy scheme in Harlow and 535 in Epping Forest. The annual figures for the two local authorities concerned show increases in sales since the change in Right to Buy discounts in April 2012. Harlow increased from 16 (in 2011-12) to 38 (in 2012-13) sales, while Epping Forest from 7 to 13 over the same period. These figures do not include other schemes such as Social Homebuy. Over the same time on the same basis 308,000 dwellings were sold in England. Figures on an annual basis are available at the following link. Figures for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are not comparable.

Following the abolition of regional government by the coalition, DCLG no longer publishes statistics at a regional level and does not believe that regions provide a coherent or meaningful framework for assessing public policy. Instead, our published statistics relate, where relevant, to other sub-national geographies which are more aligned with public policy. However, we hold data from which the requested figures can be derived and these are available through the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/230904/LT685.xls

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