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Authorities report on the types of accommodation used as temporary accommodation, some of which fall in (or mainly in) the private sector:


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Data reported by Castle Point are provided for 2003-04 to 2007-08, and show the number of households in these mainly private sector forms of temporary accommodation as at the end of March each year. However, data on the number of households accommodated within and outside the borough, in private sector accommodation, are not collected centrally.

Table 2: Households in temporary accommodation arranged by Castle Point (as at end March)—private sector and total

Private sector accommodation Total temporary accommodation

2003-04

(1)

(1)

2004-05

142

183

2005-06

(1)

(1)

2006-07

126

154

2007-08

115

119

(1 )Data not reported.
Source:
Quarterly PIE return

The number of households in temporary accommodation originating from outside the local authority in which they are housed is not collected centrally.

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding her Department provided to Castle Point borough council to support its provision of housing for registered homeless (a) men, (b) women and (c) families in each of the last five years. [222458]

Mr. Iain Wright: Revenue funding for local authority homelessness services is principally provided through revenue support grant which is unhypothecated. The Government additionally provide homelessness grants to support all local housing authorities' strategies for tackling and preventing all forms of homelessness, including rough sleeping.

The following table shows total allocations of homelessness grant to Castle Point borough council for each of the five years from 2003-04 to 2007-08.

Homelessness grant for Castle Point borough council

Total (£000)

2007-08

60.0

2006-07

60.0

2005-06

45.0

2004-05

45.0

2003-04

45.0


On 5 December 2007, we announced homelessness grant funding of at least £150 million over the three years 2008-11 to continue to support local authorities to tackle and prevent homelessness. This is the biggest ever cash injection for homelessness services.

Since 2003, administering authorities have been allocated funding through the Supporting People programme, to support the most vulnerable people in their communities through the provision of housing-related support, based on their local knowledge of the needs of vulnerable people in their areas. This would include homelessness funding for men, women and families if needed. Essex, the administering authority for Castle Point borough council, received a Supporting People programme grant allocation of:


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£

2004-05

31,742,850

2005-06

30,144,101

2006-07

29,622,839

2007-08

29,622,839

2008-09

29,622,839


Homelessness: Young People

Mrs. Maria Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many 16 and 17 year-olds (a) applied for and (b) received homelessness assistance in each housing authority in England in each of the last five years. [222683]

Mr. Iain Wright: Information about English local housing authorities’ actions under the homelessness legislation (Part 7 of the Housing Act 1996) is collected quarterly at local authority level.

Information collected includes the number of households accepted by local housing authorities as eligible for assistance, unintentionally homeless and in priority need, and therefore owed a main homelessness duty (to secure that suitable accommodation is available).

Data on total decisions taken under Part 7 by age band are not collected centrally.

Local authorities provide advice and assistance to some applicants not owed a main homelessness duty, but data on such assistance are not collected centrally by age band. However information on those applicants accepted as owed a main homelessness duty is collected by priority need category, one of which is applicants in priority need because they are 16 or 17 years old.

A table has been placed in the Library showing the number of applicants accepted as owed a main homelessness duty, with priority need primarily through being 16 or 17 years old. However it is important to note that some 16 and 17 year old applicants may have been accepted in alternative primary priority need categories, for example through having dependant children or being a pregnant woman, and so will not show up in these figures. Some authorities collect and report secondary priority need categories of applicants (when they fall into more than one priority need group), and these figures are also presented. Data are provided for each local authority, between 2003-04 and 2007-08.

Housing Estates

Mr. Henderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether her Department plans to review the effects of open plan planning policy on large housing estates. [222628]

Mr. Iain Wright: Planning for Housing policy is currently set out in Planning Policy Statement 3 (PPS3), which was published in November 2006. Specific aspects of this policy, such as density rates and development on brownfield land, are collected by the Department and published regularly. This detail helps guide policy development, for example the effectiveness and achievement of the target that 60 per cent. of all development should be on brownfield land.


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It is general practice to review the overall effectiveness of policy after it has had time to establish itself, although I cannot say yet when this will happen for PPS3 which has only been in place for 21 months.

Housing: Advisory Services

Mrs. Lait: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department spent to support advice services for homeowners in each of the last three years; and how much (a) has been spent in 2008-09 and (b) is expected to be spent in each of the next three years. [222558]

Mr. Iain Wright: CLG will be providing over £200 million to local authorities and the voluntary sector over the next 3 years, including the current year, to tackle and prevent homelessness effectively. This is the biggest cash injection for homelessness services. All local authorities receive a homelessness grant allocation and nearly all will use some of this allocation to fund advice services enabling them to prevent homelessness, including assisting home owners. Funding from CLG is not ring-fenced; it is therefore at the discretion of each local authority to determine how best to use the funding to serve its community.

Within this £200 million, CLG provide direct funding to the National Homeless Advisory Service (currently £2.5 million PA) for the very specialist homeless prevention work carried out by Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) and Shelter. NHAS have recently produced a leaflet advising homeowners on preventing repossession. This is being distributed by Courts, Councils CAB and other advice agencies

All local authorities fund their local CAB networks separately. This is through local service level agreements.

We also announced on the 2 September that we will be providing a £200 million mortgage rescue scheme, which will help 6,000 of the most vulnerable households facing repossession over the next two years.

Housing: Bassetlaw

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assistance has been given by (a) local and (b) national government to individual householders whose properties were flooded in Bassetlaw constituency in 2007. [224443]

John Healey: We do not hold records on what assistance local authorities provided to individual householders whose properties were flooded in 2007.

In response to the 2007 summer floods, central Government made available a comprehensive package around £133 million to assist the affected regions and help those in greatest need. Bassetlaw district council received a total of £421,619 in flood recovery funding. This consisted of £250,000 flood recovery grant, £131,181 Bellwin funding and £40,438 from the restoration fund.

Flood recovery grant and the restoration fund was unringfenced so local authorities had the flexibility to decide how best to use the grant based on their own local circumstances. In practice, this has included support payments to flood affected households; purchase and
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provision to flood affected households of new household items, provision of temporary caravans to allow people to remain within their communities while houses are repaired; and other priorities set through consultation with flood-affected householders and communities.

Due to the unringfenced nature of flood recovery grant and the restoration fund, local authorities were not required to inform Government as to how this money was spent. We are therefore unable to say how much of the central Government funding allocated to Bassetlaw district council was provided to individual households, although this is information that the council may provide.

Housing: Carbon Emissions

Mrs. Lait: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the average annual volume of carbon dioxide emissions from domestic dwellings for designated level (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four, (e) five and (f) six under the Code for Sustainable Homes. [222675]

Mr. Iain Wright: The average annual volume of carbon dioxide emissions within the Code for Sustainable Homes are expressed as improvements against the standards set in the Building Regulations Approved Document L (2006) and measured using the Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP).

The target emission rate for an average home meeting the standards in Part L of the Building Regulations 2006 is 2203 kg of carbon dioxide emissions a year. An average home is defined as a semi-detached house with a gas-fired central heating boiler, a floor area of 100m(2 )with typical occupancy and patters of heating and hot water usage for average UK weather data. The model only takes into account regulated energy use (space and hot water heating, ventilation and fixed lighting); it does not take into account use of appliances. In Code Level 6 the dwelling must be 'net' zero carbon over a year, which does include appliances. These figures are target emission rates and developers will use a variety of different solutions to achieve compliance.

Code Level Percentage improvement over 2006 Part L building regulations Carbon dioxide emissions kg/year for average home

1

10

1,983

2

18

1,806

3

25

1,652

4

44

1,234

5

100

0

6

100

0


Housing: Construction

Mrs. Lait: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the target dates are for all (a) new build private sector homes and (b) new build social housing to meet (i) Level 4 and (ii) Level 6 of the Code for Sustainable Homes. [222853]

Mr. Iain Wright: The Code for Sustainable Homes is a voluntary national standard for designing and building of sustainable homes. There are no UK Government
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target dates for private homes to reach Code level 4 or 6 as a whole. However the Code energy efficiency component does signal the future direction of building regulations. There will be a progressive tightening of the energy efficiency standards, by 25 per cent. in 2010 and by 44 per cent. in 2013—up to the zero carbon target in 2016. In 2009 part G of the building regulations will be revised to ensure all new homes are designed and built with an internal water use of 120 litres (plus five for external use) per person per day, which is similar to Code level 1 and 2 water efficiency levels. Other elements such as site management are also being incorporated into legislation.

Homes that receive grant funding from the Housing Corporation's National Affordable Housing Programme or English Partnership must be built to a minimum Code level 3. Current plans are to change this to Code level 4 in 2010 and level 6 in 2013.

The Code for Sustainable Homes is designed to provide designers, developers and builders a flexible framework to innovate and prepare for higher future sustainability standards.

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps the Government have taken to ensure developers take account of the wishes of the local community. [224178]

Mr. Iain Wright: All planning applications have a statutory period for consultation. The local authority, in determining a planning application, must take comments into account and make both the decision and the reasons publicly available. Statements of community involvement should explain how the authority will involve the community in determining planning applications.

Better community involvement is one of the Government's key aims in reforming the planning system. The principles are in PPS1 “Delivering Sustainable Development” which emphasises the importance of pre-application discussions so that proposals can be adapted to ensure that they better reflect community aspirations. Planning Performance Agreements have been introduced to help local authorities and developers manage large-scale major planning applications and these should make clear what level of resources and community engagement are required.

Under proposals for nationally significant infrastructure projects in the Planning Bill, developers will have to undertake a thorough pre-application consultation process. Developers will need to draw up and publish a statement setting out how they propose to consult local people about the proposed development, and then carry out the consultation in accordance with this.

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps the Government has taken to encourage developers to provide amenities for the local community. [224179]


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