John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities have successfully applied for anti-social behaviour orders against their tenants in the last three years. 
Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he plans to move debt from highly indebted local authorities to those with no debt as part of his plans for a redistribution of housing debt. 
Mr. Ian Austin: On 21 July my right hon. Friend the Minister for Housing published a consultation paper setting out proposals to replace the Housing Revenue Account subsidy system with a devolved system of responsibility and funding for council housing. This would end the need to redistribute income between council landlords each year, in exchange for a one-off adjustment of housing debt. Under the proposals, some authorities would be provided with funds to pay off debt and others would take on more housing debt, putting all councils in a position to sustain their stock in future from their own income. The consultation paper, 'Reform of council housing finance', is published on my Department's website at:
Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding has been (a) distributed to each local authority through the Empty Shops Funding Grant and (b) subsequently spent by each authority; how many empty premises have been utilised as part of the scheme in each year since its inception; and how many he estimates will be used in the next two years. 
Mr. Ian Austin:
On 13 August, CLG announced £3 million funding to help areas hit hardest by the recession find ways to boost town centres, and in particular
mitigate the negative impact of empty shops on the high street. The 57 local authorities, shown in the following list, have each received £52,631.58. This is new funding for 2009-10 only, which forms part of the package of support that CLG is providing to boost town centres and high streets, as set out in "Looking after our town centres", which we published in April.
In accordance with the Government's policy on local authority funding, it is for the local authorities concerned to decide precisely how it should be spent. However, we continue to work with local authorities and other stakeholders to highlight positive approaches for making use of empty shops, and other ideas for promoting town centres.
Blackburn with Darwen
Kingston Upon Hull
Newcastle upon Tyne
North East Lincolnshire
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities have commenced but not yet completed processes for the approval of a new Local Development Framework; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ian Austin: 'Local Development Framework' is the collective name for the folder of various planning-related documents that local planning authorities have prepared. Some of these documents will have been subject to statutory independent examination in public by the Planning Inspectorate; others will have been approved and adopted by individual authorities where there is no statutory requirement for independent examination. All authorities will have approved documents of one kind or another in place and all are subject to regular monitoring and review, so it is an ongoing process.
50 Core Strategies
37 Area Action Plans
9 Site Allocation Policies
7 Development Control Policies
17 Minerals and Waste Policies
10 other plans dealing with specific themes
385 Statements of Community Involvement.
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities have approved Local Development Frameworks with provision for new house building at a level lower than that required to meet Government targets; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ian Austin: 'Local Development Framework' is the collective name for the folder of various planning-related documents that local planning authorities have prepared. Some of these documents (development plan documents) will have been subject to statutory independent examination in public by the Planning Inspectorate; others will have been approved and adopted by individual authorities where there is no statutory requirement for independent examination.
In order to be found sound, development plan documents are required to be in general conformity with the regional spatial strategy (or spatial development strategy if the LPA is located in London), including housing allocations, if appropriate.
Margaret Moran: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department issues to local authorities on the receipt of gratuities and hospitality by staff. 
John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which 100 elected local authority representatives had the highest total remuneration in the latest year for which information is available. 
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what date the contracts of each member of the National Housing and Planning Advice Unit board expire; and what plans he has to renew each such contract. 
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many full-time equivalent staff members the National Housing and Planning Advice Unit employed in each of the last three years. 
(1) Assumes permanent civil service staff only, excludes two temporary staff for part of period.
|(1) NHPAU established and first started incurring staff salary costs in October 2006.|
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department has reviewed the effectiveness of the National Housing and Planning Advice Unit's remit. 
There is a range of support for victims of domestic violence. Some victims will be accommodated in refuges, but sanctuary schemes and mainstream local authority accommodation may be an option for others, while some victims will pursue independent solutions with help and advice from support schemes as necessary.
The Department has recently commissioned new research that will identify the current housing options available to households at risk of domestic violence, and to assess whether this provision meets current need. It will involve establishing the extent and type of temporary and settled accommodation available for households at risk of domestic violence in England, including the provision of housing related support services delivered to both temporary and settled accommodation, and to households' own homes. This will report early next year. Whether it will show a breakdown in each local authority depends on how many local authorities respond to the research. As the research is still ongoing we are currently unable to determine what the response rate is.
In 2003 the Government announced major investment in refuge provision in England in 2003-06. A total of £34 million capital was allocated and 511 units of accommodation were refurbished or newly built. More recently the Hostels Capital Improvement Programme (2005-07) funded six new and refurbished refuges at a cost of £4 million.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations his Department has received on clarification of aspects of the Town and Country (General Permitted Development Order) (Amendment) (No. 2) (England) Order; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ian Austin: The Department has received a number of representations from organisations and individuals seeking clarification on issues arising from the Town and Country (General Permitted Development Order) (Amendment) (No. 2) (England) Order 2008. The representations include concerns about the way the order is being interpreted by planning authorities.
I have asked my officials to undertake an assessment of all the matters that have been raised since the introduction of the order. Once that is completed, they will meet with stakeholders to discuss these issues further.
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