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Mr. McLoughlin: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the grants funded by his Department for which individual members of the public and organisations may apply; and if he will make a statement as to (a) the total of such funding in the last financial year, (b) the total number of awards and (c) their administrative costs. [82195]

Mr. Leslie: Grant programmes funded by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister for which the public or organisations may apply are listed below, together with the total expenditure outturn for 2001–02.

New deal for communities85,288
Community chest 6,918
Special grants programme 1,731
Tenant participation grant 3,845
Rough sleepers 41,833

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In addition funding from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister supports some grants payable by local authorities and some grants payable by the Housing Corporation (the latter mostly to registered social landlords).

The number of awards made under each programme is not held centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost. Many of these grant schemes are administered by intermediaries, such as local partnerships, or voluntary bodies, who are responsible for specific grant allocations.

The administration of grant programmes is carried out by a number of different units within the Office and Government Offices to which a range of staff make a contribution. It is not possible to provide an accurate estimate of these costs centrally. A small proportion of the totals given above may relate to the administration costs of bodies such as partnerships managing programmes.

Housing Market Initiative

Mr. Kilfoyle: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what criteria were set governing the allocation of pilot projects to given areas under the Housing Market Renewal Fund initiative. [83875]

Mr. McNulty: The areas invited to establish low demand pathfinder projects were identified in two ways. First, we analysed data from the statistical returns compiled by local authorities as part of the Housing Investment Programme and, where available, local housing market studies undertaken by the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies (Birmingham University). Second, we looked at the scale of the low demand problem across housing markets, rather than individual local authorities. We sought to identify the most acute problems of low demand in terms of scale and intensity of the problem.

Local Authority Housing

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many Council households have been transferred under stock transfer in each local authority area, in each year since 1997. [83406]

Mr. McNulty: The table lists those local authorities that have undertaken large-scale voluntary transfers since 1997 and the number of Council households in each transfer.

List of all large scale voluntary transfers which have taken place since 1997

Date of transfer AuthorityNumber of households Annual total
28 February 1997Cotswold DC4,282
7 March 1997South Staffs C5,273
19 March 1997Lichfield DC4,921
7 July 1997South Oxfordshire DC5,018
22 September 1997Eden C1,51021,004
5 January 1998LB Lambeth(39) Moorlands515
9 February 1998LB Bexley4,118
9 February 1998LB Bexley4,097
2 March 1998Congleton BC4,061
9 March 1998Oldham BC(39) Limehurst642
19 March 1998Liverpool CC(39) Windermere493
23 March 1998LB Merton(39) Pollards Hill1,018
23 March 1998LB Tower Hamlets(39) Poplar II1,852
23 March 1998Kerrier DC3,732
30 March 1998LB Hackney(39) Kingsmead951
30 March 1998LB Brent(39) Fortunegate/Church End1,481
30 March 1998Basildon DC(39) Vange708
30 March 1998West Somerset DC1,869
31 March 1998Stoke-on-Trent CC(39) Bentilee917
27 April 1998Tewkesbury BC3,066
1 May 1998Rother DC3,058
20 July 1998LB Lambeth(39) Lansdowne Green681
7 December 1998LB Tower Hamlets(39) Poplar II2,431
25 January 1999Wirral(39) Leasowe1,08235,690
1 February 1999Tameside(39) Westashton901
22 February 1999West Devon BC1,446
1 March 1999South Somerset DC8,883
1 March 1999East Lindsey DC5,102
5 March 1999Liverpool CC(39) Pinehurst646
8 March 1999Manchester CC1,030
15 March 1999LB Hackney(39) Morningside1,084
22 March 1999South Hams District Council3,096
17 March 1999LB Hammersmith and Fulham(39)Old Oak668
22 March 1999LB Hackney(39) Upper Clapton1,000
25 March 1999Telford and Wrekin C13,081
29 March 1999LB Enfield1,194
29 March 1999Worthing BC2,525
29 March 1999Bath and North East Somerset C9,887
29 March 1999Manchester CC(39) East Wythenshawe6,667
29 March 1999LB Greenwich1 Charlton Triangle1,280
29 March 1999LB Hackney(39) Haggerston661
31 March 1999Allerdale BC3,704
31 March 1999Allerdale BC(39) Saiterbeck727
14 June 1999Preston BC(39) Avenham1,121
5 July 1999LB Lambeth(39) Central Stockwell2,358
21 June 1999Birmingham CC(39) Central Areas2,813
26 September1999LB Islington(39) Barnsbury647
26 September 1999LB Islington(39) 10 Estates739
4 October 1999Liverpool CC(39) Speke Garston4,382
18 October 1999West Lindsey DC3,929
25 October 1999LB Lambeth(39) St. Martins1,033
29 November 1999Boston BC4,871
20 December 1999Tynedale DC3,56489,039
31 January 2000Newcastle under Lyme BC9,887
7 February 2000Restormel BC3,577
14 February 2000Manchester CC (Colshaw Farm) 600
21 February 2000North Devon DC3,293
6 March 2000LB Hackney(39) Stamford Hill1,095
6 March 2000LB Hackney(39) Pembury Estate1,241
8 March 2000Burnley BC5,330
20 March 2000Manchester CC Sale Estate1,655
20 March 2000Weymouth and Portland C3,105
20 March 2000Huntingdon DC6,650
27 March 2000Elmbridge BC4,894
27 March 2000Test Valley BC5,495
27 March 2000Wyre Forest DC6,056
27 March 2000Manchester CC Whitefield Estate1,033
27 March 2000LB Tower Hamlets(39)THCH1,551
27 March 2000Tameside8,532
17 July 2000LB Richmond7,139
22 September 2000Coventry CC20,125
2 October 2000Fylde BC1,905
27 November 2000Chester CC7,096
11 December 2000Horsham DC4,650112,843
12 February 2001LB Tower Hamlets196
19 February 2001East Northamptonshire DC3,495
19 February 2001Torbay C2,947
23 February 2001Staffordshire Moorlands DC3,132
6 March 2001Calderdale MBC12,759
13 March 2001Chichester DC5,321
19 March 2001Mendip DC4,326
26 March 2001West Wiltshire DC3,284
26 March 2001West Oxfordshire DC3,643
26 March 2001East Staffordshire BC5,637
26 March 2001Manchester CC Handforth Estate659
26 March 2001Sunderland CC36,356
28 March 2001Blackburn with Darwen BC9,886
1 October 2001Shrewsbury and Atcham BC5,500
5 November 2001Mid-Bedfordshire DC3,084100,225
4 March 2002Derbyshire Dales3,287
11 March 2002Chelmsford BC6,902
18 March 2002East Hertfordshire2,687
25 March 2002Erewash BC5,847
25 March 2002Reigate and Banstead BC4,846
24 June 2002St. Edmundsbury5,947
1 July 2002Vale Royal BC6,813
1 July 2002St. Helens MBC14,632
15 July 2002Redcar and Cleveland BC11,625
15 July 2002Knowsley MBC17,090
30 September 2002LB Waltham Forest2,574
14 October 2002LB Hackney CC Sheltered Stock954
14 October 2002LB Harrow51886,959
Total number of dwellings that have been transferred since 1997445,760

(39) Indicated the transfer was an Estates Renewal Challenge Fund scheme


We have interpreted Mr. Pickles' question to mean Large Scale Voluntary Transfers. These are transfers by a single local authority of 500 or more households to a single landlord within any five-year period.

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