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Community Wardens

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the local authorities that have received central government funding for community and neighbourhood wardens since 1997; for how long that funding was allocated; and which local authorities which have received it no longer receive such central funding. [216296]

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Yvette Cooper: The Government have funded three rounds of warden pilot schemes. The information is in the following table. Funding for the first round of warden pilots began in 2000–01, with rounds two and three starting in 2001–02 and 2002–03 respectively. Funding for the first round of warden pilots ended in March 2004, funding for the second round will end in March this year and funding for the third round will end in March 2006. Of the 84 round 1, neighbourhood warden schemes, 70 (83 per cent.) have been sustained after the end of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's funding and continue to operate as successful warden schemes. For the 122 round 2, street warden schemes, the majority already have future funding
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agreed although in some areas decisions have yet to be taken. Guidance has been issued to all round 2 street warden schemes whose funding ends in March 2005. This includes information on how other schemes achieved continued funding, a list of funding sources and guidance for schemes on how they can contribute to Government floor targets. Sustainability events have been organised regionally by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's funded warden resource centres. Letters of support from senior officials in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and visits from trained consultants are also available to schemes who are seeking future funding. In addition at least 150 more warden schemes have been set up by LAs, RSLs on other bodies without pilot funding.
ODPM funded warden schemes led by local authorities

Local authorityFunding round 1Funding round 2Funding round 3Total number of schemes
Allerdale DC1001
Amber Valley BC0101
Avon and Somerset DC0101
Barnsley MBC1102
Bedford BC0101
Birmingham city council2215
Blackpool DC0011
Bolton MBC1001
Boston BC1001
Bradford CC0112
Bristol CC0224
Burnley BC1102
Bury MBC1102
Caerphilly CC1001
Calderdale CC0101
Cambridge CC0101
Cannock Chase DC0101
Canterbury CC1001
Charnwood BC0101
Cherwell DC0101
Chester CC0101
City of Cardiff1001
City of Swansea1001
Colchester BC0101
Congleton BC0101
Cornwall MBC0101
Coventry city council1012
Dacorum BC1001
Darlington CC1001
Dartford BC0101
Derby BC1001
Derwent and Solway MBC0101
District of Bolsover0101
Doncaster MBC1102
Easington DC0101
Eastbourne BC0101
Exeter CC1001
Gateshead MBC1102
Gosport BC1001
Great Yarmouth CC0101
Guildford BC1102
Gwynedd CC1001
Hastings B.C.1102
Horsham DC1001
Hull city council1001
Huntingdonshire DC1102
Ipswich BC0101
Kerrier CC1001
Kirklees BC1102
Knowle West MBC0101
Knowsley BC1001
Lancaster city council0101
LB Barking and Dagenham0101
LB Barnet1102
LB Basildon0101
LB Brent0011
LB Camden0112
LB Croydon0011
LB Ealing0011
LB Greenwich0101
LB Hackney1001
LB Hackney0011
LB Hammersmith and Fulham0101
LB Haringey0011
LB Harrow0101
LB Hounslow1001
LB Islington1012
LB Lewisham1113
LB Merton1102
LB Newham0011
LB Redbridge0101
LB Southwark1113
LB Streatham0011
LB Tower Hamlets1113
LB Walthamstow0011
LB Wandsworth0112
LB Westminster0011
LB Havering1001
LB Hillingdon1001
Leeds city council1l13
Leicester city council1001
Lincolnshire DC0101
Liverpool city council2013
Luton BC0101
Macclesfield DC1001
Malvern Hills DC0101
Manchester MBC4015
Mansfield DC0101
Merthyr Tydfil county BC1001
Middlesbrough BC1102
Milton Keynes council1012
Newark and Sherwood DC0101
Newcastle CC0101
North Tyneside DC1001
Northumberland CC2103
Norwich city council1102
Nottingham city council1113
Oldham BC1001
Oxford DC0011
Peterborough BC0101
Portsmouth city council1001
Preston DC0112
Reading BC0112
Redcar and Cleveland DC0101
Rotherham BC1102
Royal Borough of Kingston0101
Salford city council1113
Sandwell MBC0202
Sedgefield DC1001
Sevenoaks DC0101
Sheffield CC2114
Slough BC1113
Solihull MBC0101
South Gloucestershire CC1001
South Kesteven CC0101
South Manchester0011
South Tyneside council1102
Spelthorne MBC0101
Stevenage borough council1001
Stockport MBC0112
Stockton DC1102
Stoke on Trent city council1001
Sunderland BC1001
Sutton DC1001
Swindon BC0101
Tameside MBC0101
Tamworth BC0101
Test Valley BC0101
Thanet CC0101
Thurrock council0101
Torbay CC0101
Trafford MBC2114
Vale of White Horse DC1001
Vale Royal BC0101
Wakefield DC1001
Walsall MBC1113
Wealdon DC0101
Wear Valley DC0101
Welwyn Hatfield DC0101
West Bromwich BC0011
West Lancashire DC1001
Wigan BC1001
Wirral DC1001
Wolverhampton MBC1012
Wyre Forest DC2002

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Council House Repairs

Mr. Amess: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether his Department met its target to reduce the council house repairs backlog by at least 900,000 properties by April 2004; if he will set a new target further to reduce the council house repairs backlog; and if he will make a statement. [223447]

Keith Hill: Repairs to council housing are now covered by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's target to ensure that all social sector homes reach the decent homes standard by 2010. By reducing the number of non-decent homes we are also reducing the repairs backlog.

Council Tax

Mr. Laws: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will rank in descending order for each (a) county council and (b) district council the change in the level of council tax levied (i) between 1996–97 and 2005–06 and (ii) between 2000–01 and 2005–06; and if he will make a statement. [223715]

Mr. Raynsford: The information requested has been made available in the Library of the House.

Empty Homes (Somerset)

Brian Cotter: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many empty homes there are in (a) North Somerset and (b) the parliamentary constituency of Weston-Super-Mare. [223368]

Keith Hill: The answer for (a) , ie the total number of empty properties in North Somerset UA, is 2,200 at 1 November 2004. This figure comes from the council tax records. A figure for (b) is not available because no such data are collected below local authority district level and Weston-Super-Mare is only part of North Somerset UA.
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Gypsies and Travellers

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister for what reasons Brentwood borough council has been directed to draw up a Gypsy and Traveller development plan document. [223211]

Yvette Cooper: The reason for the First Secretary of State, my right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister, being minded to direct Brentwood borough council to prepare an additional development plan document is set out in a letter of 7 March from the Government Office for the East of England, a copy of which has been made available in the Library of the House.

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans his Department has to amend planning guidance to facilitate the development of Traveller sites on green belt land. [223371]

Keith Hill: The Government's guidance on Green Belt remains as set out in Planning Policy Guidance Note 2 (PPG2).

Mr. Amess: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations he has received concerning illegal traveller camps and unauthorised encampments. [223418]

Yvette Cooper: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has received a range of representations on this subject, including correspondence from Members of Parliament, their constituents and various stakeholder groups.

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