Committee on the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Press Notice



The Committee has resolved to carry out an inquiry into the supply of private and social rented housing, with particular reference to the following issues:

• The level of public funding required to meet social housing needs

• The relative funding priority being given to social rented housing as opposed to shared ownership and other forms of below market housing

• The geographical distribution of subsidies for affordable housing

• The future role for local authorities as builders and managers of social housing

• the effectiveness of different social housing models including traditional local authority housing, ALMOs, housing co-operatives and housing associations

• The role and effectiveness of private rented housing in meeting housing needs

• The priorities and effectiveness of the Housing Corporation, English Partnerships and the Regional Housing Boards in responding to housing needs

• The role and effectiveness of the planning system, including section 106 agreements in the provision of rented housing and securing mixed tenure housing developments

• The effectiveness of housing benefit as a means of providing access to rented housing to those in need.

• The impact of the operation of Council Tax Benefit on the affordability of rented housing

The Committee invites written evidence on the points above and other relevant topics by Monday, 9 October 2006. Witnesses who wish their evidence to be treated in confidence should contact the Committee clerk in advance. It should also be noted that decisions about who to call for oral evidence are likely to be taken on the basis of evidence received by this date.[The form which such evidence should take is set out below B please note in particular the restriction on length and that wherever possible it should be submitted by e-mail or on disk].

Oral evidence sessions will be arranged and will be announced in due course.

Contact: Ian Hook, Committee Assistant

Tel: 020 7219 4972 / e-mail:


Written evidence must if possible be submitted in an electronic format, either on disk or preferably by e-mail. It should be in MS Word or Rich Text format.  If sent by e-mail it should for this inquiry be sent to  The e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from. If sent by post it should be sent to the Clerk, ODPM Committee, Committee Office, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA. Witnesses without access to a computer are respectfully requested to take particular care that submissions are legible.

Those submitting evidence are reminded that evidence should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted no public use should be made of it without the prior consent of the Committee. Guidance on the submission of evidence can be found at

Further details of the Committee, including its current membership, can be found on the Committee's homepage at  Information about the Committee can also be obtained from 020 7219 4972.

Further Housing Inquiries

This is the second in a series of inquiries, which the Committee is setting up into housing issues. There will be a further inquiry into the role of shared ownership schemes in meeting demand for homeownership and tackling housing needs. It is expected to look at the scale of the Government’s shared ownership and equity sharing programmes; whether they offer value for money; effectively target appropriate groups, particularly key workers, and make a long term contribution to meeting housing needs and aspirations. 

Detailed terms of reference this further inquiry will be published in due course.