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To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will take steps to establish a strategy to tackle age discrimination
and promote age equality in the provision of goods and services (a) by her Department and (b) within the sectors for which she has policy responsibility; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Dhanda: I will consider the case for a strategy on age discrimination and the promotion of age equality in the light of the Governments response to the consultation exercise A Framework for Fairness.
Meanwhile I can assure the hon. Member that we are aware of the needs of older people and take them very seriously. Since 2000, our Warm Front programme has helped around 800,000 older households to improve heating and energy efficiency. The Supporting People programme, created in 2003, helps around 840,000 older people a year with housing support services. Working with other Departments and external partners we launched on 25 February this year Lifetime Homes, Lifetime Neighbourhoods: A National Strategy for Housing in an Ageing Society. This is a major new housing strategy giving older people greater choice and addressing the challenges and opportunities of an ageing population.
Mr. Peter Ainsworth:
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when local authorities will receive the funds allocated from the EU
Solidarity Fund to help with flood recovery; and if she will make a statement. 
John Healey: The Government were able to set up a Restoration Fund of £30.6 million for English local authorities affected by last summers floods to support their continued efforts to rebuild their communities, following our successful bid to the European Union Solidarity Fund. This money is on top of up to £88 million already made available to flood-hit areas to help them get back on their feet.
The Department for Communities and Local Government has consulted local authorities on how to allocate the Restoration Fund. Local authorities are currently being asked to supply data on the costs they have incurred.
John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many firefighters died in the course of their duties in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available, broken down by fire authority. 
|Firefighter deaths while on duty, England 1998-99 to 2007-08|
|1998-99||1999- 20 00||2000-01||2001-02||2002-03||2003-04||2004-05||2005-06||2006-07||2007-08|
|(1 )2006-07 figure excludes one retired firefighter who died while attending a fire. (2) 2002-03 figure excludes one firefighter who died attending a fire, while off duty. Source: Communities and Local Government.|
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