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Housing: Sustainable Development

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government why (a) LPS or PAS standard products and (b) the Secure by Design accreditation are no longer elements of the Code for Sustainable Homes or its predecessor standard. [216000]

Mr. Iain Wright: The Secured by Design standard is incorporated into the Code for Sustainable Homes in the security section of the management component.

The Secured by Design standard does, in turn, refer to LPS and PAS security standards as appropriate.

Housing: Thames Gateway

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new dwellings were built on brownfield land in the Thames Gateway area in 2007; and if she will make a statement. [216812]

Caroline Flint: There is currently no information on how many homes were built on brownfield land in the Thames Gateway in 2007. This information is not yet available at a regional level due to the robustness of the Land Use Change Statistics data which are used to calculate the percentage of dwellings on brownfield land.

Local Authority Business Growth Incentives Scheme

Mr. Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what criteria were used to determine the Local Authority Business Growth Incentives Scheme Grant 2008. [216186]

John Healey: I made a written ministerial statement, announcing payments under the Local Authority Business Growth Incentives (LABGI) scheme, on 26 June. The basis on which these payments were calculated is set out in a technical note which I published on 2 April.


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The statement can be viewed on the Communities and Local Government website at:

and the technical note at:

Local Government Finance

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in what ways local authorities are compensated for an increased population due to inward migration. [216026]

Mr. Dhanda: The distribution of formula grant to local authorities takes into account measures of population, as well as other socio-economic factors. These measures of population take account of both inward and outward migration.

In some areas the rate and scale of change will have an impact on local communities and services. My Department has recently published “Managing the Impacts of Migration: A Cross-Government Approach” which sets out the Government’s support for local authorities and their partners. This includes introducing a new Transitional Impacts of Migration Fund to build capacity in local service providers and support innovative projects from 2009-10. My Department is also providing £50 million over the next three years to support community cohesion including tackling particular areas of tension, providing positive activities for young people, and supporting local cohesion projects.

Local Government: Manpower

Dr. Stoate: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people were employed by each local authority in England on the most recent date for which figures are available. [215436]

Mr. Watson: I have been asked to reply.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated July 2008:


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Non-domestic Rates: Valuation

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 18 March 2008, Official Report, column 977W, on non-domestic rates: valuation, what property attributes or datasets are used to quantify a dwellings sublocation for the purpose of council tax valuations in the automated valuation model. [215997]

John Healey: Sub-location, as applied in non-domestic rating, is not used by the Valuation Office Agency in respect of council tax.

Parking: Fees and Charges

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much revenue has been accrued in car park charges in each local authority in each of the last five years. [216582]

Mr. Dhanda: I have placed in the Library of the House a table showing the total income from off-street parking reported by each local authority in England in the last three years.

Aggregate information for England is published in editions of Local Government Financial Statistics and the information is drawn from the Communities and Local Government Revenue Outturn (RO) returns.

Total income from off-street parking is defined as the sales, fees and charges and other income from the operation and maintenance of all car parks. The majority of this income is from car park charges.

Information on off-street parking for years prior to 2004-05 is not held centrally.

Parking: Tickets

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what advice she has given local authorities on the design specifications of car parking ticket machines, with particular reference to the provision of change. [216581]

Ms Rosie Winterton: I have been asked to reply.

The design of car parking ticket machines is for local authorities and their suppliers to determine. There are several British and European standards for this sort of equipment that local authorities may refer to when deciding what machines to use. The Department for Transport has not issued any further advice on the subject.

Planning

Mrs. Lait: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether planning aid is available only to (a) groups and (b) individuals. [216397]

Mr. Iain Wright: Planning aid provides free, independent planning advice to individuals and community groups including small charities, voluntary groups and tenants’ organisations.


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Planning aid also assists social enterprises and other not-for-profit businesses, but does not normally provide planning advice to businesses which seek to make a profit.

Poverty

Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities have a public service agreement stretch target relating to (a) fuel poverty, (b) pensioner poverty and (c) child poverty; and what the terms of the stretch target is in each case. [215547]

John Healey: Local authorities agreed stretch targets as part of stand-alone local public service agreements (LPSA) and the first three rounds of local area agreements (LAA).

The text of all LPSAs are available on the Communities and Local Government website at:

The text of the first three rounds of LAAs is available on the Improvement and Development Agency for local government's website at:

Property Development: Floods

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of dwellings under the Government's plans for (a) growth areas and (b) designated new development sites will be located within an area of (i) medium and (ii) significant flood risk. [216005]

Caroline Flint: Government do not set the local spatial location of housing development. This is set by local authorities through their local development frameworks as part of regional and local planning processes. It is for local authorities to determine issues in relation to development in areas of flood risk, advised by the Environment Agency. PPS25, planning policy for development and flood risk, provides a strong and strategic framework for planning authorities to avoid and manage flood risk to new development.

In addition, for growth areas, growth points and eco-towns my Department works closely with the Environment Agency to minimise the risk of large-scale development occurring in areas of significant flood risk.

Property: Valuation

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many domestic or composite properties in England have an entry on the Valuation Office Agency's automated valuation model database; and how many have one or more photographs recorded on the digital photography application. [216007]

John Healey: The number of domestic, including composite, properties in England with a live council tax band entry in the Valuation Office Agency's central database was 22,539,701 as at 8 June 2008. Of these,
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803,167 had one or more digital photographs associated with them. The Agency's central database stores the data that feed into its automated valuation modelling.

Public Places: Lighting

Mr. Kidney: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will publish an annex to Planning Policy Statement 23 in respect of lighting in public places. [215970]

Mr. Iain Wright: We currently have no plans to publish an annex to Planning Policy Statement 23: Planning and Pollution Control to cover light pollution.

Pupils: Per Capita Costs

Mr. Streeter: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the local education authority settlement in Devon was per pupil in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools in (i) 2005-06, (ii) 2006-07 and (iii) 2007-08; and what it will be in 2008-09. [203696]

Jim Knight: I have been asked to reply.

The information is as follows:

(a) and (b) (i) The revenue funding figures per pupil in 2005-06 in cash terms for Devon local authority are as follows:

Primary (aged 3-10) Secondary (aged 11-15)

Devon

3,590

4,320


The revenue per pupil figures shown in the following table are taken from the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) which was introduced in April 2006. They are not comparable with 2005-06 figures quoted above because the introduction of the DSG in 2006-07 fundamentally changed how local authorities are funded.

The 2005-06 figures quoted in the first table are based on Education Formula Spending (EFS) which formed the education part of the Local Government Finance Settlement, plus various grants. The DSG is based on planned spend. In addition, the DSG has a different coverage to EFS, which comprises a schools block and an LEA block (to cover LEA central functions) whereas DSG only covers the school block. LEA block items are still funded through CLG's (formerly DCLG) Local Government Finance Settlement but education items cannot be separately identified. Consequently, there is a break in the Department's time series as the two sets of data are not comparable.

To provide a comparison for 2006-07 DSG, the Department have isolated the schools block equivalent funding in 2005-06—this is the basis for the 2005-06 baseline figure quoted as follows; as aforementioned this does not represent the totality of ‘education’ funding in that year. As the DSG is a mechanism for distributing funding a primary/secondary split is not available. The figures are for all funded pupils aged 3 to 19 and are in cash terms.


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(a) and (b) (ii) & (iii) The per pupil revenue funding figures for years 2005-06 to 2008- 09 allocated to Devon local authority are provided in the following table:

Devon

2005-06 DSG plus grants(baseline)

3,630

2006-07 DSG plus grants

3,860

2007-08 DSG plus grants

4,120

2008-09 DSG plus grants

4,270


Recreation Spaces: Thames Gateway

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will provide a breakdown by main budget heading of expenditure under the auspices of the Thames Gateway Parklands programme in the current financial year (a) by project and (b) by local authority area; and if she will make a statement. [216806]

Caroline Flint: The three sub-regional Thames Gateway Green Grid Partnerships have been invited to submit business plans by the 18 July to Communities and Local Government for projects which they would like to receive funding for from the Parklands budget of £35 million. Until we receive completed business plans, we will not have not have a clear picture of exactly how the funding will be spent. Allocations will be announced in the autumn.

Sleeping Rough

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her most recent estimate is of the number of rough sleepers is, broken down by (a) sex and (b) age group. [215802]

Mr. Iain Wright: The 2007 estimate of the number of rough sleepers in England showed 498 people sleeping rough on any single night—a 73 per cent. reduction on the 1998 baseline. The estimate is based on the results of local authority street counts in those areas where a known, or suspected, rough sleeping problem has been identified.

We do not hold national data on the proportion of rough sleepers who are male or female or their age group. However, there is specific data for London provided under the Combined Homelessness and Information Network (CHAIN) recording system which is separate to our estimate provided by the rough sleeping count. In 2007-08, for those rough sleepers in London contacted by services, CHAIN records show around 87 per cent. of rough sleepers to be male and 13 per cent. to be female. The breakdown by age is as follows:

Percentage

Under 18 years

0

18-25 years

7

26-35 years

28

36-45 years

34

46-55 years

19

Over 55 years

11


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