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Affordable Housing

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 22nd October 2019.

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Photo of Gary Streeter Gary Streeter Conservative, South West Devon

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what his Department's definition of subsidy is as used in Annex 2A of the definition of affordable housing in the National Planning Framework.

Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

The National Planning Policy Framework provides a definition of affordable housing for planning purposes. Within that, section a) provides a definition of affordable housing for rent. This includes a provision that homes remain at an affordable price for future eligible households, or for the subsidy to be recycled for alternative affordable housing provision.

The reference to subsidy within this section usually relates to where government has provided capital grant, in particular grant funding provided through the Affordable Homes Programme.

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