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Mr. Raynsford: The Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions announced on 26 March measures to ensure fairness for all staff working on local authority contracts, including those transferred out of local government as a result of an outsourcing of a service.
In broad terms, the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 1981 (as amended) (TUPE) protects employees' terms and conditions (except in relation to future occupational pensions) when the business in which they work is transferred from one employer to another, and the business retains its identity.
The measures we have announced include a commitment to legislate to make statutory within local government the provisions in the Cabinet Office 'Statement of Practice on Staff Transfers in the Public Sector' and the annex to it, 'A Fair Deal for Staff Pensions'. This will ensure that local authority contracting exercises are conducted on the basis that TUPE will apply, unless there are genuinely exceptional circumstances, and that transferees' pension benefits will be protected. New statutory guidance to local authorities will also set out a package of measures which will ensure that new joiners taken on to work beside transferees on local government contracts will be treated fairly.
Mr. Webb: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list for each English local authority, the level of spending on (a) education and (b) social services expressed as a percentage of the SSA for that service in that authority in 200102. 
Mr. Nigel Jones: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much each local authority in England and Wales with social services responsibilities (a) spent on personal social services and (b) was allocated for personal social services by standard spending assessment in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. McNulty: Last December's local government White Paper"Strong Local LeadershipQuality Public Services"set out our intention to introduce arrangements to pool a proportion of future housing capital receipts
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arising in debt-free authorities for use to finance new housing investment where the need is greatest. The change, which will be introduced alongside other changes to the local government capital finance system, will bring the treatment of debt-free authorities in line with the arrangements that apply to other authorities. We will be consulting on the detailed operation of the pooling shortly.
Mr. McNulty: 1,027 schemes under the six rounds of the Single Regeneration Budget stand to receive over £5.7 billion of SRB grant over their lifetime of up to seven years, many of which include physical regeneration activities. However, due to the holistic, multiple-objective nature of the majority of these schemes, it is not possible to say how much of SRB funding is available by specific activity including physical regeneration.
Mr. Hopkins: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the rank is of each local authority that has undertaken a full or partial transfer since 1997 under (a) the 1998 Index of Local Deprivation and (b) the Indices of Deprivation 2000, in each year. 
Mr. McNulty: The table sets out those authorities who have undertaken full or partial transfer since 1998 by their rank on the extent measure of the Index of Local Deprivation 1998 and the Indices of Deprivation 2000. The extent measure shows the proportion of the local authority's population living in one of the 10 per cent. most deprived wards in England. It should be noted that the extent measure is one of the four measures of deprivation in the ILD and one of the six district measures in the ID 2000.
|Authority||Extent measure ILD 1998||Extent measure ID 2000|
|Bath and North East Somerset C||158||158|
|Blackburn with Darwen BC||43||15|
|East Lindsey DC||114||59|
|East Northamptonshire DC||158||158|
|East Staffordshire BC||143||114|
|LB Hammersmith and Fulham||14||99|
|LB Tower Hamlets||4||2|
|Newcastle Under Lyme BC||158||112|
|North Devon DC||158||104|
|Reigate and Banstead BC||158||158|
|Shrewsbury and Atcham BC||158||158|
|South Hams District Council||158||158|
|South Oxfordshire DC||158||158|
|South Somerset DC||158||158|
|South Staffs C||155||158|
|Staffordshire Moorlands DC||158||147|
|Telford and Wrekin||158||89|
|Test Valley BC||158||158|
|West Devon BC||158||158|
|West Lindsey DC||110||121|
|West Oxfordshire DC||158||158|
|West Somerset DC||158||158|
|West Wiltshire DC||158||158|
|Weymouth and Portland C||158||124|
|Wyre Forest DC||158||129|
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Mr. Burstow: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he will publish the choice and quality in housing for older people guidance strategy that has been conducted with the Department of Health; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. McNulty: In March 2002 we announced a £35 million programme to help local authorities ensure that by March 2004 no homeless family with children is in bed-and-breakfast hotels (B&B) for more than six weeks.
On 17 June 2002 almost £25 million was allocated to 44 high B&B using local authorities to assist them reduce numbers in B&B. The funding is being used on a range of initiatives to procure alternative temporary accommodation to B&B and on measures to prevent
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homelessness occurring. We are now working with the next 40 or so highest using B&B authorities to see how we can assist them in reducing numbers.
In addition, all local authorities will benefit from the changes the Department for Work and Pensions has recently made to housing benefit subsidy levels which make local authority leasing of self-contained temporary accommodation much more financially viable than B&B hotels.
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