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Broomfield Tip, Standish

Mr. Neil Turner: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what grants have been given to Wigan Metropolitan borough council for (a) extinguishing the fire at Broomfield Tip, Standish and (b) the restoration of the site afterwards. [1465]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) has to-date given grant assistance totalling £479,000 to Wigan Metropolitan borough council towards the costs incurred by the council in dealing with the extinguishment of the underground fire and mineshaft capping at Broomfield Tip, Standish, and the restoration of the site afterwards.

Community Programmes

Dr. Iddon: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has for the (a) Single Community Programme, (b) Community Chest, (c) Community Learning Chest and (d) Community Empowerment Fund; and if he will make a statement. [1249]

Mr. Woolas: The single Community Programme was created in 2004 through the merger of Community Chests, Community Learning Chests and the Community Empowerment Fund. The single Community Programme will operate until the end of the 2005–06 financial year. From 2006–07 these resources will be administered as part of the Safer and Stronger Communities Fund.

Electoral Fraud

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps the Government are taking to combat fraud in the use of postal votes. [297]

Ms Harman: I have been asked to reply.

The Government published a policy paper for discussion on 25 May 2005. This covered a range of proposals for enhancing the security of postal voting. I sent the policy paper to all Members and copies have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses. I also refer the hon. Member to the written ministerial statement made on 26 May 2005, Official Report, column 21WS.

Green Belt

Mr. Prisk: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many hectares of green belt land there were in (a) Hertfordshire, (b) Bedfordshire, (c) Essex, (d) Cambridgeshire, (e) Norfolk and (f) Suffolk in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2004. [2306]

Yvette Cooper: The Government expect to publish figures updated to 2004 on the extent of, and changes to, the green belt this autumn. The most recent figures available are set out as follows:
Counties(9) (including unitary councils)19972003Change
Bedfordshire and Luton UA28,38028,3800
Essex, including Southend on Sea UA and
Thurrock UA

(9) The responsible local planning authority is the 'district' level council. County names refer to geographic counties and not to those administrative bodies.
Data reproduced after grouping into 'counties'.
Local planning authority, Green Belt statistics: England 2003", published by ODPM on 16 September 2004 at

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Highfields Estate (Stafford)

Mr. Kidney: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much capital funding was provided to Stafford borough council in the form of (a) capital grant and (b) borrowing permissions out of the estates action programme for regeneration works on the Highfields estate in Stafford; and what conditions were attached, with particular reference to the neighbourhood office on the estate. [1978]

Mr. Woolas: The Department of the Environment (DoE), as it was then, allocated a total of £879,000 Estate Action funding for improvements to the Highfields estate in Stafford during the period 1992–95. The allocation was in the form of supplementary credit approvals (borrowing permission) and included £98,000 for provision of a neighbourhood office. There was no grant funding for this programme. The overall conditions relating to the Estate Action funding were:

There were no specific conditions attached to the neighbourhood office.

Homeless Families

Ms Keeble: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many families with children are being accommodated in bed-and-breakfast hostels. [2167]

Yvette Cooper: On 31 December 2004, the latest date for which information is available, an estimated 820 households containing dependent children or a pregnant woman were living in bed and breakfast style accommodation in England. This represents 1 per cent. of all households in temporary accommodation, and a decrease of 6,140 households since March 2002. Of these 820 households, 100 had been resident in bed and breakfast for more than six weeks; of these, 36 were housed under local authorities' discretionary powers—for example during a review or appeal—so were not being housed in breach of the Homelessness (Suitability of Accommodation) (England) Order 2003 which came into force on 1 April 2004, to reinforce and sustain the bed-and-breakfast target that no family with children should have to live in a bed-and-breakfast hotel for longer than six weeks by March 2004.

These figures are included in the latest statistical release on statutory homelessness, published 14 March
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2005, available in both the Library of the House and via the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's website. The next release, for the first quarter of 2005 and presenting the position on usage of temporary accommodation as at 31 March, will be published on 13 June.


Mr. Betts: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many affordable housing units built or procured through the Housing Corporation Approved Development Programme and Challenge Fund were classified as (a) mixed funded social rented housing, (b) temporary social rented housing, (c) Homebuy general market purchase, (d) Homebuy general new build, (e) mixed funded low cost home ownership for sale, (f) miscellaneous works to RSL stock, (g) reimprovements to rented RSL stock, (h) works only rehabilitation for rented RSL stock, (i) works only rehabilitation of RSL stock for sale, (j) intermediate rent for key workers, (k) Homebuy market purchase for key workers, (l) Homebuy new build for key workers and (m) mixed funded sale for key workers in the
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Yorkshire and the Humber Region in each year since 1997–98; and how much was spent on each category in each year. [1316]

Yvette Cooper: The following tables show completions and expenditure through the Housing Corporation Approved Development Programme, for categories (a) to (i) . The information in the tables do not include all the programmes that the ADP is used for and therefore does not represent the total funding for the Yorkshire and Humberside region. Other categories with funding during the time period covered by the table are Right to Acquire, Voluntary Purchase Grant, Do-It-Yourself Shared Ownership, and Temporary Intermediate and Market Rent Housing. The Key Worker Living programme was limited to London and the wider south east, so there are no completions or investment in categories (j) to (m) in the Yorkshire and Humber Region through this programme.

The Challenge Fund was limited to London, south east and eastern regions, therefore there is no Challenge Fund expenditure in Yorkshire and Humberside.

Funding and completions are not directly comparable, as funding will relate to projects running, not necessarily units completed, in any one year.
ADP completions in units for Yorkshire and Humberside from 1997–98–2004–05

(a) Mixed funded Social Rent2202156716541448
(b) Temporary Social Housing2848215396
(c) Homebuy market purchase004225
(d) Homebuy New Buildn/an/an/an/a
(e) Mixed-funded Low Cost Home Ownership482467216133
(f) Miscellaneous Worksn/an/an/an/a
(g) Re-improvements to rented RSL stockn/an/an/an/a
(h) Works-only re-hab for rented RSL stockn/an/an/an/a
(i) Works-only re-hab of RSL stock for salen/an/an/an/a

(a) Mixed funded Social Rent151112141196852
(b) Temporary Social Housing1621510223
(c) Homebuy market purchase1981425
(d) Homebuy New Buildn/an/an/a0
(e) Mixed-funded Low Cost Home Ownership119928742
(f) Miscellaneous Worksn/an/an/an/a
(g)Re-improvements to rented RSL stockn/an/an/an/a
(h) Works-only re-hab for rented RSL stockn/an/an/an/a
(i) Works-only re-hab of RSL stock for salen/an/an/an/a

Categories (f) to (i) do not have complete records of units.

ADP expenditure for Yorkshire and Humberside from 1997–98–2004–05

£ million
(a) Mixed funded Social Rent33.2531.5337.2438.42
(b) Temporary Social Housing1.610.000.921.97
(c) Homebuy market purchase0.000.000.340.42
(d) Homebuy New Buildn/an/an/an/a
(e) Mixed-funded Low Cost Home Ownership5.325.432.511.62
(f) Miscellaneous Works1.732.250.740.99
(g) Re-improvements to rented RSL stock0.000.000.300.39
(h) Works-only re-hab for rented RSL stock0.
(i) Works-only re-hab of RSL stock for sale0.000.00n/an/a

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(a) Mixed funded Social Rent40.9745.5656.3350.65
(b) Temporary Social Housing1.560.591.800.32
(c) Homebuy market purchase0.360.170.390.73
(d) Homebuy New Buildn/an/an/a– 0.00
(e) Mixed-funded Low Cost Home Ownership1.450.651.503.12
(f) Miscellaneous Works1.551.691.351.13
(g) Re-improvements to rented RSL stock0.170.102.363.56
(h) Works-only re-hab for rented RSL stock1.030.200.390.22
(i) Works-only re-hab of RSL stock for salen/an/an/an/a

Categories (g), (h), and (i) are included in Miscellaneous Works (f) for years 1997–98 and 1998–99.

John Cummings: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many affordable homes have been (a) started and (b) completed in the last three years in the district of Easington council area. [1592]

Yvette Cooper: The information is as follows:

(a) A total of 40 affordable homes were started in Easington area in 2004–05; records prior to this year are incomplete.

(b) The table shows completions through housing corporations approved development programme for 2002–03 to 2004–05 in Easington council area. There were no transitional local social housing grant (TLASHG) completions.
Units completed

Housing Corporation (The table includes new build dwellings, acquisitions and refurbishments).

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Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much investment there has been in (a) new council-owned dwellings and (b) housing association dwellings in each London borough in each year since 1997; and how much such investment is planned for 2005–06. [2248]

Yvette Cooper: From 1998–99 to 2004–05 four London boroughs built affordable dwellings for rent. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister provides general support towards local authorities' housing capital investment programmes. We are unable to indicate how much each authority chose (or will choose) to spend on these new dwellings and how much on existing stock.

HillingdonIslingtonWaltham ForestWandsworthTotal London

Government capital investment in housing association dwellings in the same period was as follows:
LA name1997–981998–991999–20002000–01
City of London3,0674,0932,9545,242
Barking and Dagenham13,2706,28116,85315,551
Hammersmith and Fulham15,58711,6156,87611,726
Kensington and Chelsea33,36413,09523,91718,474
Kingston upon Thames4,8121,9473,5705,142
Richmond upon Thames3,3644,2972,3743,613
Tower Hamlets18,4956,61714,63217,008
Waltham Forest9,29910,5479,66620,225
London total369,107326,482345,234432,057

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LA name2001–022002–032003–042004–05Forecast 2005–06
City of London6,6218,56217,9372,2303,637
Barking and Dagenham25,20128,0989,78215,97815,503
Hammersmith and Fulham25,12928,56723,62039,18341,372
Kensington and Chelsea13,98321,88522,93011,8127,574
Kingston upon Thames3,7694,8936,0517,3878,210
Richmond upon Thames7,8665,15710,8844,2314,966
Tower Hamlets12,72317,74433,37232,87418,892
Waltham Forest19,51916,2666,99113,6236,014
London total453,988543,725749,614728,447612,855

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Dr. Stoate: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what research his Department has (a) carried out and (b) commissioned to examine the environmental (i) impact and (ii) sustainability of the housebuilding programme in Kent Thameside and the Thames Gateway growth area. [1275]

Yvette Cooper: All new housing in Kent Thameside and the wider Thames Gateway growth area will be delivered through the planning system, and will therefore be subject to both strategic environmental assessment (SEA) in line with the European SEA directive and environmental impact assessment. Under the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, all local development documents and regional spatial strategies must be subject to a thorough sustainability appraisal incorporating the full requirements of the SEA Directive.
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In addition, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has awarded a major research contract as part of our response to the Barker Review to consider the economic, social, environmental and fiscal implications of additional house building. The contract runs to June 2005, and has been awarded to a consortium led by Entec UK.

Mr. Denham: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the (a) minimum, (b) average and (c) maximum public capital cost per (i) shared ownership property and (ii) social rented home was in each region in England in the most recent year for which figures are available. [1684]

Yvette Cooper: The table shows the lowest, average and highest level of public capital investment per unit for the schemes included in the Housing Corporation's Approved Development Programme (ADP) 2004–06 for each region in England broken down by shared ownership and social rent.

Shared ownership
South East2,50023,03480,6003,33358,715185,425
South West2,00018,55971,2501,50049,495319,850
East Midlands1,66720,63462,0833,21443,196133,333
West Midlands5,00023,68468,7808,41352,473136,508
Yorkshire and Humberside16,93818,46037,98515,71747,945102,605
North East17,80730,84860,79718,87154,771161,853
North West2,12531,34071,16010,00067,226297,066

Figures based on ADP allocation and other public sector investment by scheme as at 31 May 2005.
Housing Corporation

Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what advice he has provided to London boroughs on housing allocations policies in respect of single people. [2146]

Yvette Cooper: The Government issued statutory guidance to all local housing authorities, including London boroughs, in November 2002 about the allocation of social housing under Part 6 of the Housing Act 1996 (the 1996 Act), as amended by the Homelessness Act 2002.

The changes to Part 6 of the 1996 Act introduced by the Homelessness Act 2002 were designed to ensure the widest possible access to social housing for all applicants, while at the same time ensuring that priority for social housing goes to those in greater housing need, including single people where relevant.

The revised Code of Guidance on the Allocation of Accommodation came into force on 31 January 2003.

However, the Government have not issued advice on housing allocation policies specifically aimed at London boroughs, or specifically in respect of single people.

Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people were on the housing need list in each London borough on the last date for which figures are available; how many new lettings there were in each such borough in 2004–05; and how many new dwellings are expected to become available for new tenancies in 2005–06. [2247]

Yvette Cooper: Information on the number of new local authority (LA) lettings made during 2004–05 is not yet available. Therefore, the latest information, for 2003–04, on:

in each London borough is given in the table.

Local authorities sometimes maintain a common waiting list with the RSLs, sometimes known as housing associations, in their district. However, information is not held centrally where a RSL maintains a separate waiting list to the local authority.

The number of new RSL dwellings planned for rent has been provided covering two years as the Housing Corporation now plan the building of new RSL dwellings using a two-year allocation process.
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Table: Housing waiting list numbers, new social lettings made and new RSL dwellings planned for rent in 2004–05 and 2005–06,by London borough(10)

London boroughHouseholds on the housing waiting list at 1 April 2004Number of social lettings(11) to new tenants during 2003–04Number of new RSL dwellings planned for rent in 2004–05 and 2005–06(12)
Barking and Dagenham3,1491,126315
City of London9141400
Hammersmith and Fulham(13)7,8741,561325
Kensington and Chelsea(13)8,3261,353170
Kingston upon Thames(13)4,465439269
Richmond upon Thames(13)4,86856453
Tower Hamlets(13)14,5754,008919
Waltham Forest9,0161,559107
London total279,72951,3429,877

(10) Social housing is the combination of local authority (LA) and registered social landlord (RSL) tenures.
(11) New LA and RSL lettings have been combined and shown here.
(12) Number of RSL dwellings for which an allocation of funding was made available as part of the Approved Development Programme 2004–06 in March 2004. These figures are for rented schemes being provided either through new build or acquisition and refurbishment.
(13) Denotes that the London borough has a common waiting list with the RSLs in their area.
The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix return, Housing Corporation's CORE return and the Housing Corporation London Allocation Statement 2004–06

Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) if he will list sites released for new housing under the proposals which he announced on 25 May; [1611]

(2) which of the sites released for new housing under the proposals announced on 25 May are in (a) Greater London and (b) the constituency of Chipping Barnet; and which of the latter are on green belt land. [1612]

Yvette Cooper: The announcement by my right hon. Friends the Deputy Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 25 May referred to 700 sites currently entered on the Register of surplus public sector land which is maintained by English Partnerships. The sites' owners and English Partnerships are currently reviewing all registered sites to assess their development potential. A list of the sites, as at March 2005, can be found on the English Partnerships website at: 40DDAB44702EF5D2 ADE6.pdf

51 sites on the Register as at March 2005 are situated in the Greater London area. None of these sites is located in Chipping Barnet. An updated list of Register sites will be published by English Partnerships towards the end of June 2005.

In addition, it was announced on 1 April that a portfolio of nearly 100 ex-NHS sites, would be transferred from the Department of Health to English
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Partnerships. The first tranche of 67 sites transferred on 6 April. Work is on-going with partners and local authorities to assess each site to identify how they can contribute to local housing and employment needs. It is estimated that the total portfolio of 96 sites could accommodate up to 15,000 new homes nationally, with at least 5,000 being affordable. This estimate is subject to planning permission for the individual sites, and residential development will not be appropriate on all of the sites.

Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he expects to publish his review of the future of arm's length management organisations; and if he will list those who participated in the review. [1751]

Yvette Cooper: The current Review of the long term future of arm's length management organisations (ALMOs) will produce a formal consultation paper later in the summer. The following are represented on the Review Group: ALMOs; local authorities with ALMOs; the National Federation of ALMOs, the Local Government Association, the Association of London Government; Tenants Participation Advisory Services; the Housing Inspectorate; the Chartered Institute of Housing; the Housing Corporation; HM Treasury; and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.
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Ms Keeble: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister in each of the last two quarters how many families applying to local authorities for housing were found to be intentionally homeless. [2166]

Yvette Cooper: Information collected quarterly about local authorities' actions under homelessness legislation is in respect of applicant households, which encompasses single people as well as family groups. The number of households in England found after investigation to be eligible for assistance and in priority need, but intentionally homeless, was as follows:
2004Number of households
Quarter 3 (July-September)3,550
Quarter 4 (October-December)3,400

In both quarters, cases found to be intentionally homeless accounted for 5 per cent. of all decisions.

A full summary of local authority decisions up to and including the fourth quarter of 2004 is included in the latest statistical release on statutory homelessness, published 14 March 2005, available in both the Library of the House and via the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's website. The next release, for the first quarter of 2005, will be published on 13 June.

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