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1998-99 1999-00 2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08

Average Right to Buy discount per dwelling (£)

North-east

14,490

10,670

12,590

11,680

13,240

14,850

18,800

21,100

21,010

21,470

North-west

16,510

16,670

16,700

17,230

18,200

19,460

21,370

23,670

24,580

25,210

Yorks and Humber

15,650

15,650

15,630

16,260

16,270

18,110

20,250

22,550

23,030

23,750

East midlands

18,260

16,740

17,100

17,830

21,390

21,820

22,420

22,920

23,590

23,850

West midlands

18,230

18,470

19,960

19,840

20,330

22,580

23,930

25,180

25,050

25,620

Eastern

25,020

27,350

27,300

27,830

30,360

31,360

32,580

33,380

33,010

33,770

London

34,070

36,150

37,140

36,990

35,960

37,190

35,490

30,180

21,150

20,700

South-east

29,780

30,760

31,060

32,640

34,510

36,200

36,640

36,610

36,500

36,890

South-west

21,230

21,670

23,090

24,880

26,460

28,430

28,870

29,340

29,300

29,680

England

22,880

23,630

23,880

23,380

23,790

24,640

25,650

25,550

24,970

25,340

Average Right to Buy discount as percentage of market value

North-east

48

47

47

46

45

42

34

34

31

28

North-west

48

48

47

46

45

43

41

37

34

32

Yorks and Humber

47

47

46

46

44

43

40

35

31

28

East midlands

50

46

45

43

41

38

35

31

28

27

West midlands

49

48

49

47

44

40

34

33

30

30

Eastern

49

47

45

43

39

35

33

30

27

25

London

53

51

48

42

37

32

28

22

14

13

South-east

50

47

44

42

39

35

32

30

28

26

South-west

50

48

46

44

40

36

34

31

28

27

England

50

48

47

44

41

37

33

31

27

24

Source :
Statistical Returns from Local Authorities (PIB)

Safeguarding Authorities Scheme

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will re-examine the appropriateness of the level of registration fee charged under the independent Safeguarding Authorities scheme; and on what basis the present fee was calculated. [221540]

Meg Hillier: I have been asked to reply.

The Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) Scheme is a new mandatory work force vetting scheme set up under the auspices of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 to improve protection for children and vulnerable adults.

This scheme, which replaces some existing work force checking procedures, will come into operation in October 2009.

The application fees referred to are additional to the existing Disclosure Service fees charged by the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB). It is envisaged that the total fee will be charged to users of the service by CRB, with a pass through of this element to ISA.

As a self-funding service, the proposed additional fee chargeable to users of the scheme has been calculated to recover the full economic costs of the service over the first 54 months of operation, based on the estimate of paying users. Fee levels have been calculated to fully fund the scheme but not to return a profit.

All employed applicants, whether in part-time or full-time employment and regardless of salary level, will be expected to pay to be checked to ensure that they do not pose a risk to vulnerable groups.

Applicants will be required to pay a one-off fee of £64 at point of initial application to join the scheme. This fee will cover the applicant’s life within the scheme and they will not be required to pay for further or repeat checks.

However, applicants who work exclusively in unpaid voluntary capacities will not pay for the service but will be subsidised by the fees from paying users.

Stamp Duty Land Tax

Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what changes to projects funded by her Department have been made as a result of implementation of the Stamp Duty Land Tax (Exemption of Certain Acquisitions of Residential Property) Regulations 2008. [223362]

Caroline Flint: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by the Economic Secretary to the Treasury today. (PQ 223363).

Water Supply

Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 12 June 2008, Official Report, columns 392-3W, on water supply, what the evidential basis is for the establishment of (a) the benchmark in the Code for Sustainable Homes of 80 litres of water per person per day at Level 5 and (b) the proposed building regulation design performance standard of 125 litres per person per day; what estimate she has made of the number of homes expected to achieve each target by 2021; and if she will make a statement. [217141]


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