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Regional Planning And Development: South West

Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 2 June 2008, whether the Government Office for the South West has issued instructions to local councils to approach local land owners regarding developments in the Lytchett Minster and Lytchett Maltravers area. [224197]

Mr. Khan: The Government office for the south-west has not issued any instructions to local councils in respect of developments in the Lytchett Minster and Lytchett Matravers area.

Rented Housing: Antisocial Behaviour

Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many families with children have been evicted as a result of anti-social behaviour in each local authority area in each of the last five years. [221795]

Mr. Iain Wright: Social landlords (including local authorities and registered social landlords) can move to evict anti socially behaved families under Ground 2 of the Housing Act 1985 (for secure tenancies) and Ground 14 of the Housing Act 1988 (for assured tenancies), which both provides that social landlords can take possession action against tenants who have been guilty of conduct which has caused a nuisance or annoyance to their neighbours.


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The Housing Corporation asks registered social landlords to provide numbers of evictions made during the year, broken down by reason, which includes rent arrears, antisocial behaviour, both or other. This information is not possible to break down at the local authority level, nor is it possible to identify families with children.

CLG has asked local authority landlords in England to submit data on the number of evictions they have made for 2005-06, 2006-07 and, most recently, 2007-08. This includes a breakdown by reason, specifically rent arrears, antisocial behaviour, or both, but it is not possible to identify families with children.

Repossession Orders

Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will bring forward proposals for measures to allow local authorities to raise finance against their assets to purchase homes (a) undergoing and (b) pending repossession by commercial creditors. [224188]

Mr. Iain Wright: Local authorities can already borrow to support capital investment, such as purchasing shares in homes, provided that the interest on such debt is affordable, i.e. that the interest payments can be met from the council’s income.

On 2 September, the Government set out a package of measures to help the housing market. This includes a £200 million mortgage rescue scheme which will bring together local authorities and registered social landlords to prevent repossession for up to 6,000 vulnerable home owners, over the next two years.

Right To Buy Scheme

Mrs. Lait: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will adjust right-to-buy discounts to take account of changes in house prices since 1997. [222716]

Mr. Iain Wright: The Government have no plans to change the current maximum Right to Buy discount limits.

South East

Dr. Stoate: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department spent on services, broken down by type in (a) Dartford Borough, (b) Kent Thameside, (c) the Thames Gateway, (d) Kent County Council area and (e) the South East region in each of the last five years. [222453]

John Healey: Information is not held centrally in the form requested. The following information is available, however. Grants paid by Communities and Local Government, and predecessor Departments since 2003-04 were as follows:


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To Dartford borough council
£ million
Programme 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 Total

Thames Gateway

4.696

0.160

1.757

6.613

Disabled facilities Grants

0.180

0.180

0.176

0.180

0.189

0.905

Homelessness Grants

0.021

0.021

0.036

0.036

0.056

0.170

Regional Housing Pot

1.151

1.196

2.347

Total Non-Formula Grants

0.201

1.352

6.104

0.376

2.002

10.035

Formula Grants(1)

6.520

6.183

6.372

7.004

7.146

33.225


To Kent county council
£ million
Programme 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 Total

Local Area Agreements

1.712

2.056

3.768

Thames Gateway

2.334

4.577

8.845

2.703

18.459

Supporting People

35.406

35.104

33.380

32.817

32.895

169.602

Disabled facilities Grant

2.786

3.685

3.145

3.575

4.294

17.485

Choice based Lettings

0.100

0.100

Private Finance Initiative

2.219

2.130

4.072

3.885

12.753

25.059

Growth Areas

0.405

1.924

1.309

1.452

9.885

14.975

European Regional Development Fund

0.605

1.379

1.574

1.496

1.383

6.437

Local Authority Business Growth Incentives

1.190

3.046

1.855

6.091

Total Non-Formula Grants

41.421

46.556

49.347

56.828

67.824

261.976

Formula Grants(1)

811.873

837.829

888.350

226.212

228.685

2,992.949

(1 )Formula Grant comprises Revenue Support Grant and redistributed business rates. Prior to 2006-07 support for schools was paid through formula grant. In 2006-07 funding for schools transferred to the Dedicated Schools Grant. The amount of formula grant for 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06 refers to the amount under the respective Amending Reports for those years.

Under the Thames Gateway programme, including amounts paid to Kent Thameside
£ million

2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 Total

Thames Gateway Programme Expenditure (includes expenditure on grants under this programme to Dartford BC and Kent CC shown in aforementioned tables)

27.832

84.260

95.503

50.159

49.862

307.616

Of which, paid to Kent Thameside

0.166

1.386

0.564

0.565

2.681


Expenditure by function for the South Eastern region for all Government Departments is published annually in “Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses”. The latest edition was published in April 2008 (HC 489) and includes data for years up to and including 2007-08.

Sportsgrounds: Eltham

Clive Efford: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make a statement on the future of the Gaelic Sports Ground in Eltham following the High Court judgement to uphold her decision to reject the appeal from Novalong. [224301]

Mr. Iain Wright: In the light of the High Court judgment to uphold the Secretary of State’s decision to dismiss Novalong Ltd.’s appeal, the future of the Gaelic Sports Ground in Eltham is a matter for the site’s owners and the local planning authority, Greenwich borough council.

Stress

Mr. Hands: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what arrangements her Department has in place to assist officials to overcome the effects of stress experienced in the workplace. [222178]

Mr. Khan: Individual stress risk assessments are completed by line managers and when appropriate, referrals made to our Occupational Health Provider. This allows reasonable adjustments to be made to workloads and the working environment if appropriate.

Taxis

Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much (a) her Department and (b) its agencies spent on taxis in the last financial year for which figures are available. [223027]

Mr. Khan: The central Department, including the Government Offices, spent £149,566 on taxi fares in the financial year ended 31 March 2008. The Planning Inspectorate, the Department's sole executive agency, does not record details of taxi fares separately from other travel costs incurred by their inspectors in attending site meetings and hearings and the cost of identifying this information would be disproportionate.

Tenants Rights

Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what statutory protection exists for people (a) living in poor conditions and (b) experiencing bullying or harassment from landlords, where those landlords are not registered social landlords. [222527]


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