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FOI 8591

Council Houses

Request

1) How many homes did the council buy in each of the financial years 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13 and 2013/14?
2) What was the total cost in each of the financial years 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13 and 2013/14 of buying those homes?
3) How were the homes bought in each of the financial years 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13 and 2013/14 financed ? Eg. through the council's housing revenue account, right to buy receipts etc.
4) How many of the homes bought in each of 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13 and 2013/14 (as revealed in Q1) were former council homes that had been bought by residents under right to buy?
5) What was the total cost in each of the financial years 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13 and 2013/14 of buying back these former council homes (as revealed in Q3)?
6) How many of the former council homes bought back by the council in each of 2012/13 and 2013/14 (as identified in Q3) had been by bought by residents under right to buy since April 2012?
7) Has the council carried out a viability assessment into the financial cost of buying back council homes compared with the cost of the council building new homes, and if so what did it conclude ?
8) Does the council plan to buy any homes in 2014/15? If yes, how much has it allocated for this and how will they be financed? How many homes does it hope to buy? How many of the total will be former council homes?

Response

1) How many homes did the council buy in each of the financial years:
2009/10 – Zero
2010/11 – Zero
2011/12 – Zero
2012/13 – Zero
2013/14 – 1

2) What was the total cost in each of the financial years 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13 and 2013/14 of buying those homes?
2009/10 – Zero
2010/11 – Zero
2011/12 – Zero
2012/13 – Zero
2013/14 – £130,500

3) How were the homes bought in each of the financial years 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13 and 2013/14 financed ? Eg. through the council's housing revenue account, right to buy receipts etc.
2013/14 – Approx 49% Grant from Homes & Communities Agency, balance from Housing Revenue Account. No use of ringfenced RTB receipts

4) How many of the homes bought in each of 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13 and 2013/14 (as revealed in Q1) were former coun cil homes that had been bought by residents under right to buy?
2013/14 – All

5) What was the total cost in each of the financial years 20 09/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13 and 2013/14 of buying back these former council homes (as revealed in Q3)?
As per Q2 - £130,500

6) How many o f the former council homes bought back by the council in each of 2012/13 and 2013/14 (as identified in Q3) had been by bought by residents under right to buy since April 2012?
2012/13 – N/A
2013/14 – Zero

7) Has the council carried out a viability assessment into the financial cost of buying back council homes compared with the cost of the council building new homes, and if so what did it conclude ?
No

8) Does the council plan to buy any homes in 2014/15? If yes, how much has it allocated for this and how will they be financed? How many homes does it hope to buy? How many of the total will be former council homes?
No definite buy-back plans have been made