Housing: Leicester East

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities written question – answered at on 17 January 2024.

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Photo of Claudia Webbe Claudia Webbe Independent, Leicester East

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps his Department has taken to tackle overcrowding in Leicester East constituency.

Photo of Claudia Webbe Claudia Webbe Independent, Leicester East

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what recent estimate he has made of available housing in Leicester East constituency; and what steps his Department is taking to increase the supply of affordable housing (a) in Leicester East constituency and (b) nationally.

Photo of Claudia Webbe Claudia Webbe Independent, Leicester East

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether his Department offers (a) financial and (b) other support to (i) local authorities and (ii) housing associations to help (A) mitigate overcrowding and (B) support vulnerable households in Leicester East constituency.

Photo of Jacob Young Jacob Young Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)

Data on the availability of new homes is not available at constituency level.

Local councils are responsible for allocating housing through local schemes, and as such, are best placed to manage the demand for social housing.

Local councils are responsible for considering what constitutes a ‘suitable’ space for a household to live in within our framework for defining overcrowding.

We are committed to reducing overcrowding by increasing the supply of affordable housing and enabling councils and other social landlords to make better use of their existing stock.

Our £11.5 billion Affordable Homes Programme will deliver thousands of affordable homes for both rent and to buy right across the country.

In Leicester, between 2010 and 2023, 2,800 affordable homes have been delivered.

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