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John Hemming: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the adjusted amended national figure is for the formula spending share with resource equalisation for 200506; what the adjusted amended central Government grant is for 200506; and what the assumed council tax yield is for that year. 
The assumed national council tax yield is the difference between the adjusted amended formula spending shares excluding additional resource equalisation (£39,713,577,986) and the adjusted amended total of revenue support grant and redistributed business rates (£20,196,455,148) i.e. £19,517,122,838.
John Hemming: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the national figure is for the formula spending share 200607; what the central Government grant (excluding the police grant) is for 200607; and what the 200607 assumed council tax yield is. 
Mr. Woolas: Where appropriate, contacts on matters regarding the Local Government Pension Scheme in England and Wales are maintained through the United Kingdom Permanent Representation to the European Union (UKREP).
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 9 March 2006, Official Report, column 1753W, on local government wages, what additional payments central Government has made to local authorities to compensate for their extra costs as a result of the increase in the employer rate of national insurance. 
Mr. Woolas: The Government took into account the pressures on local authorities, including the changes in national insurance contributions, and the extent to which those pressures can be mitigated, in setting its spending plans for local authorities. The Government have provided an increase on Government grant of £2.7 billion (4.5 per cent.) and £3.1 billion (5 per cent.) in 200607 and 200708 which will enable authorities to continue to provide effective local services without imposing excessive council tax increases.
Mr. Woolas: We expect town and parish councils to budget prudently and believe they should take into account the views of local people on how their money should be spent. Under current legislation there is no provision for capping parishes or issuing statutory guidance to them on their budgets. There are no current plans to amend the legislation, but we will keep the situation under review.
Anne Main: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidance his Department issues to local authorities on dealing with multiple planning applications for the same site; and if he will make a statement. 
Yvette Cooper: Local planning authorities' power to turn away repeat planning applications was increased with effect from the 24 August 2005. Until then, a valid application could be turned away only if the applicant had, within the previous two years, had two substantially similar proposals called in and refused, or dismissed at appeal.
Now, authorities can decline to determine an application which is similar to one which has been subject to two previous refusals by the local planning authority in the preceding two years, even where there has been no appeal to the Secretary of State.
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Mr. Betts: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the (a) capital receipts from right to buy sales and (b) total value of right to buy discounts was in each Government office region in 200506. 
Yvette Cooper: Figures for the right to buy capital receipts and discounts in each year since 199899 by local authority area and Government office region can be found on the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's website: http://www.odpm.gov.uk/pub/383/Table648Excel545Kb_id1156383.xls.
Yvette Cooper: Figures for the right-to-buy discounts in each year since 199899 by local authority area and Government office region can be found on the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's website: http://www.odpm.gov.uk/pub/383/Table648Excel545Kb_id1156383.xls.
Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what research he has commissioned into the effects of second home ownership on rural communities in Cornwall; and if he will make a statement. 
Yvette Cooper: The Government have established the Affordable Rural Housing Commission to consider the evidence and reach a consensus on the relevant issues around affordable housing needs in rural areas, in the context of sustainable rural communities, and to provide recommendations for practical solutions across private, government and voluntary sectors, taking account of existing good practice.
Evidence has been taken by the Commission from partners in Cornwall and across the country and it will report in the spring. The Government will then carefully consider the Commission's recommendations, including any relating to policies on second home ownership.
Mr. David Jones: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he has met (a) Sir David Garrard and (b) Mr. Andrew Rosenfeld in his official capacity during the past 12 months; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Laws: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many houses for social rent including council houses have been built in each of the last five years; what estimate he has made of the number which will be built over the next three years; and if he will make a statement. 
Yvette Cooper: For the number of social housing units made available I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 21 March 2006, Official Report, column 279W. Information on the number of social housing units built is more limited.
Planned annual housing requirements are developed as part the Regional Spatial Strategies. The Government have set a target of providing 75,000 social rented homes, through a mix of new build and purchase, from 200405 to 200708. Of these we estimate around 3,000 will be provided through local authorities and at least 60,000 through Registered Social Landlords. In addition housing will be provided under the Private Finance Initiative and by planning gain.
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