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Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) public relations, (b) marketing and (c) communication agencies her Department (i) employs, (ii) plan to employ and (iii) have employed in the last 12 months; and if she will state the purpose of each such employment. 
The Central Office of Informationworking on Fire Safety
Blue Rubicon - working on the Local E-Gov take up campaign and the Tenancy Deposit Scheme awareness campaign.
Band and Brownworking on the awareness campaign for Home Information Packs
Amazonworking on Houses of Multiple Occupancy Property Licence, and the Housing Heath and Safety Rating System.
Carat and COImedia buying
Euro RSCGworking on Fire Safety advertising, and Houses of Multiple Occupancy Property Licence, Tenancy Deposit Scheme and Fire Order Reform
Leo BurnettHome Information Pack advertising
Rainey KellyFire Service recruitment advertising
Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many businesses have received small business rate relief in the Tamworth borough council area since it was introduced. 
Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what account is taken in local government social services funding formulae of the proportion of (a) over-65s, (b) over-75s and (c) over-85s in the local population. 
Mr. Woolas: The basic amount for the social services for older people relative need formula is based on the number of household and supported residents aged 65 years and over. A further top-up is provided based on the proportion of such residents aged 90 and over. The full formula is described in section 4 of the Local Government Finance Report (England) 2006-07.
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was paid to each relevant local authority in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06 under the Supporting People programme; how much she plans to allocate to each in (i) 2006-07, (ii) 2007-08 and (iii) 2008-09; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Woolas: Supporting People is administered through top-tier local authorities and, for the area in question, the relevant authorities are Buckinghamshire county council and Milton Keynes council. The grants paid or due to those authorities for the years 2004-05 to 2007-08 are as set out in the following table.
In line with my announcement of 5 December 2005, the programme grant allocations given in the aforementioned table for each authority for 2007-08 are minimum allocations, set at 95 per cent. of the allocations for 2006-07. This approach has been taken to allow us to consider, following the recent consultation on the development of a Supporting People strategy, how best to approach future programme grant allocations. Full programme grant allocations for all Supporting People authorities will be confirmed before the 2006 summer recess.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the letter written by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) to local authority chief executives on their statutory obligations referred to in the Summary of VOA and Authorities Liaison Group Meeting of 2 July 2003. 
Mr. Woolas: The letter referred to in the Summary of VOA and Local Authorities Liaison Group meeting of 2 July 2003 was a draft prepared by the VGA's head office. It was made available on 4 July 2003 for local valuation officers to send to chief executives of those local authorities that were not fully undertaking their
statutory obligations to supply information to valuation officers. It reminded them of their responsibilities and sought meetings to improve co-operation. A copy of the draft letter has been placed in the Library as requested.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the Valuation Office Agency's policy is on the council tax or business rates liability of live-work units; andwhat changes have been made to this policy since1997. 
Mr. Woolas: The criteria applied by valuation officers of the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) are set out in the Council Tax Manual published by the VOA on its website at www.voa.gov.uk. The guidance was last updated on 4 March 2004 to reflect the decision of the Lands Tribunal in the case of Tully v. Jorgensen (VO) 2003 RA 233.
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