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As at 30 April 2008, we estimate that approximately 5,650 households remain wholly or partially displaced from their homes.

Homelessness

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the level of homelessness was in each region, in each of the last 10 years. [208862]

Mr. Iain Wright: Information about English local authorities' actions under homelessness legislation is collected quarterly at local authority level. The Department does not hold statistics for the devolved Administrations.

Information collected includes the number of households accepted by local authorities as eligible for assistance, unintentionally homeless and in priority need, and therefore owed a main homelessness duty. The duty owed to an accepted household is to secure suitable accommodation. If a settled home is not immediately available, the authority may secure temporary accommodation until a settled home becomes available.

National and regional data on acceptances and temporary accommodation over the last 10 years are published in our quarterly statistical release on Statutory Homelessness, in Tables 3 and 7. The latest release was published on 10 March 2008 and contains data from 1997 to 2007:

Since 1998, information has also been collected on the number of people who sleep rough—that is, those who are literally roofless on a single night—and these are also published on our website, nationally and by local authority, and are available up to 2007:

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what research she has (a) commissioned and (b) funded on the number of homeless people who had been in care. [208996]

Beverley Hughes: I have been asked to reply.

The Department collects and publishes information on the number of care leavers annually. In 2006-07 (the most recent year for which we have data), 8,000 children aged 16 or over ceased care. More information is available at:

The Department has commissioned the following studies on care leavers:


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Housing: Construction

Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) private, (b) socially rented and (c) shared ownership homes she estimates will be built in (i) 2008, (ii) 2009 and (iii) 2010. [210686]

Caroline Flint: The Government do not publish forecasts for private house building.

In 2006-07 199,200 additional homes were delivered. Housing starts in 2007-08 were 10 per cent. lower than in 2006-07 and this is likely to be reflected in lower levels of housing completions during 2008-09.

The Housing Green Paper, “Homes for the Future: more affordable, more sustainable” (CM 7191), published in July 2007, announced an increase of new affordable housing to at least 70,000 per annum by 2010-11, to be delivered mainly through the Housing Corporation’s National Affordable Housing Programme. Of these, 45,000 homes will be for social rent, an increase of 50 per cent. on 2007-08, with a goal to go further to 50,000 new homes for social rent in the next spending review period.

Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the effect of the economic situation, with particular reference to the availability of credit on levels on house building. [210687]

Caroline Flint: The Government do not publish forecasts for private house building.

Local Authority Business Growth Incentives Scheme

Margaret Moran: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many school enterprises have been awarded contracts under the Local Authority Business Growth Incentives Scheme to date. [209966]

John Healey: None. The Local Authority Business Growth Incentives scheme is not a scheme for the award of contracts. It is designed to give local authorities an incentive to encourage local business growth, which it does by paying a non-ringfenced grant to authorities where business growth exceeds a certain level, as measured by changes in the business rateable value base.


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Local Government Finance

Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimates of population her Department uses when calculating the revenue support grant for each local authority. [210414]

John Healey: I announced the 2008-09 and provisional 2009-10 and 2010-11 settlements on 24 January 2008 as part of the first ever three year settlement for local government. The main measures of population used in the calculation of Formula Grant are from the 2004-based sub-national population projections that were published by the Office for National Statistics on 27 September 2007. Projections for 2008, 2009 and 2010 have been used in respective settlement calculations.

The mid-2006 population estimates published by the Office for National Statistics on 22 August 2007 have also been used within the calculation of other indicators used in the Relative Needs Formulae.

In all cases, we have used the best data available on a consistent basis for all authorities and available at the time of calculating the allocations.

The full details of the indicators used for 2008-09 are shown in the Local Government Finance Report (England) 2008-09 (HC262) approved by the House on 4 February 2008.

Local Government Finance: East of England

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was allocated to each local authority in the east of England under the Growth Fund Awards for 2008-09; what factors were taken into account in determining these sums; and if she will make a statement. [208583]

Mr. Iain Wright: Details of Growth Fund allocations made to all eligible local authorities or partnerships of local authorities for 2008-09 have been deposited in the Library of the House.

All local authorities or partnerships eligible for funding were invited to bid through the submission of a programme of development during the summer of 2007. Programmes of development are documents that set out local areas’ plans and ambitions for growth, including a trajectory for housing delivery and the infrastructure needed to support it, funding already identified and the extra support needed to deliver.

Funding decisions were based around the assessment of their programmes of development against the key criteria set out in the guidance, with key emphasis on the number of homes to be delivered to 2016 and the scale of the key infrastructure challenges at the location.

National Lottery

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department has received from the National Lottery Distribution Fund in each year since 1994. [210413]

Mr. Dhanda: We are not aware of any funding coming in to the Department from the National Lottery Distribution Fund.


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Planning Permission: Geology

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what measures are in place to encourage local authorities to hold discussions with outside bodies on the designation of areas of known geological interest in areas affected by planning applications. [210040]

Mr. Iain Wright: Under provisions of Article 10 of the Town and Planning (Development Procedure) Order 1995, local planning authorities have a duty to consult Natural England before granting planning permission for any development that is in or likely to affect a Site of Special Scientific Interest, including those designated for their geological importance.

More generally, Planning Policy Statement 9: Biodiversity and Geological Conservation which sets out the Government’s policies on the protection of biodiversity and geological conservation through the planning system advises that regional planning bodies should liaise with the British Geological Survey and, where appropriate, local Regionally Important Geological/geomorphological Sites groups when preparing Regional Spatial Strategies.

The Town and Country (Environmental Impact Assessment) (England and Wales) Regulations 1999 (SI No. 293) require local planning authorities to give statutory consultees, non-Government organisations and other public groups, who may have an interest, the opportunity to make representations about proposed developments which are likely to have significant environmental effects. This could include effects on areas of geological interest.

Regional Planning and Development: Canvey Island

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made on the Canvey Seafront improvements scheme; when the scheme will be concluded; what the cost of the scheme is estimated to be; and what the sources of funding for the scheme are. [203634]

Caroline Flint: The Canvey Seafront improvements scheme is a package of measures to enhance the quality of the public realm along the sea front of Canvey Island. Along with master planning other measures include the construction of public toilets, a bandstand, cycle stands, improvements to a children's paddling pool area and seating. The funding source is the Thames Gateway Programme and CLG allocated £1.5 million to the East of England Development Agency to carry out the project. The scheme is due to be completed by end of May 2008.

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much and what proportion of the cost of the production of a Canvey town centre master plan will be met by her Department; what the terms of reference for the production of the plan are; and if she will make a statement. [203641]

Caroline Flint: Castle Point borough council has been given an indicative allocation of £2.3 million capital funding from the CLG Thames Gateway programme to take forward the regeneration of Castle Point. The borough council has earmarked around £750,000 for projects in the Canvey Island town centre. Of this CLG
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funding, £50,000 will be spent on masterplanning the town centre, to match a similar sum the council is seeking from other sources. It will then be for the borough council to draw up terms of reference for the master plan work. All projects will be required to undergo full appraisal.

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the funding allocated by her Department for the Castle Point Regeneration Partnership is planned to be spent on. [203643]

Caroline Flint: Through the Thames Gateway Delivery Plan, published in November 2007, CLG has allocated an indicative amount of £2,300,000 capital funding to Castle Point borough council to take forward the regeneration of Castle Point. Projects will focus on the Hadleigh and Canvey Island town centres and improvements to the Charfleets Industrial Estate, and will be required to undergo full appraisal. These projects are contained in the draft regeneration framework, which was prepared by the Castle Point Regeneration Partnership.

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions she has had with Castle Point borough council on gap funding for the Canvey Seafront improvements scheme; and if she will make a statement. [204597]

Caroline Flint: The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government received an expression of interest from Castle Point borough council in July 2007 for additional funding of £582,000 for the Canvey Seafront improvements scheme as part of the process of drawing up the Thames Gateway Delivery Plan for 2008-11. This was additional to a number of other expressions of interest they made for other projects. Following an evaluation of the submissions received for projects across the Gateway, an indicative allocation of £2,300,000 was made to Castle Point borough council for projects in support of the regeneration of the borough's town centres and industrial estates.

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what projects were completed in Castle Point constituency by the Thames Gateway Strategic Partnership in each of the last five years; and what funding was provided for the Thames Gateway in each of those years. [203710]

Caroline Flint: Two CLG funded projects have been completed in the last five years in Castle Point. These are the Canvey Seafront improvements scheme and the Canvey Wick Biodiversity Reserve. EEDA have delivered the Canvey Seafront improvements scheme and spent £390,000 in 2005-06, £106,446 in 2006-07 and £652,990 in 2007-08. The Land Restoration Trust spent £35,000 on the Canvey Wick Biodiversity Reserve project.

Travelling People: Caravan Sites

Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on how many occasions Gypsy and Traveller camps have been found by courts to have breached planning regulations in each of the last three years. [210622]


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Mr. Iain Wright: The information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department plans to spend on (a) the provision of new Gypsy and Traveller sites and (b) the refurbishment of existing Gypsy and Traveller sites in (i) Lancashire and (ii) England in each year between 2008 and 2012. [210623]

Mr. Iain Wright: The Department for Communities and Local Government provides Gypsy and Traveller Sites Grant for the provision of new Gypsy and Traveller sites and the refurbishment of existing sites in England. £33 million is available for the Grant in 2008-09, £32 million in 2009-10, and £32 million in 2010-11, of which £2 million in each year has been allocated to the north west. The bidding round for 2008-09 closes on 31 July.

Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many Gypsy and Traveller camps there were in (a) Lancashire and (b) England in each of the last three years. [210625]

Mr. Iain Wright: A bi-annual count of Gypsy and Traveller caravans is undertaken by local authorities and published by the Department for Communities and Local Government. Although the count lists authorised public sites it does not list authorised private sites or unauthorised sites.


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The following table sets out the number of Gypsy and Traveller caravans counted in the last three years in both Lancashire and England.

Number of Gypsy and Traveller caravans
Lancashire England

2005

January

223

15,369

July

216

15,863

2006

January

262

15,746

July

220

16,367

2007

January

282

16,611

July

261

17,134


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