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Social Rented Housing: Barnet

Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will assess the performance of Barnet Homes in delivering the decent homes initiative; and if he will make a statement. [298703]

Mr. Ian Austin: The Homes and Communities Agency, which manages the day-to-day delivery of the decent homes programme, reported that 24 per cent. of the council housing stock in Barnet did not meet the decent homes standard in 2008-09.

Barnet Homes are inspected by the independent Audit Commission across a range of performance areas, including the delivery of their decent homes investment programme. At its most recent inspection Barnet Homes was assessed as having an overall two star rating, and providing a good service with promising prospects for improvement.

Social Rented Housing: Standards

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department provides on requirements for (a) heating systems, (b) double glazing and (c) security of front and back doors under the decent homes standard; and if he will make a statement. [299364]

Mr. Ian Austin: The decent homes standard requires that all social housing provides a reasonable degree of thermal comfort. This includes efficient heating. The decent homes standard does not include the security of front and back doors or specify a requirement for double glazing but does allow for the replacement of windows. Guidance on the decent homes standard is available in "A Decent Homes: definition and guidance for implementation, June 2006" available at:

Supporting People Programme

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much he expects to be spent on Supporting People grants for women at risk of domestic violence in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11. [298203]

Mr. Malik: The Supporting People budget is allocated to the top tier local authorities as a single budget and CLG does not allocate the resource to specific client groups and therefore is unable to say what the expected expenditure will be. The Supporting People programme is a locally delivered and managed programme and it is for each local authority to allocate the available resource to provide Supporting People housing-related support services, including domestic violence provision based on local needs and priorities.


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Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was allocated by his Department via Supporting People grants to (a) women at risk of domestic violence, (b) people who have been homeless or a rough sleeper and (c) homeless people with support needs in each region in each of the last five years. [298205]

Mr. Malik: The Supporting People budget is allocated to the top tier local authorities as a single budget and CLG does not allocate the resource to specific client groups. The Supporting People programme is a locally delivered and managed programme and it is for each local authority to allocate the available resource to provide Supporting People housing-related support services, including domestic violence provision and services for homeless or rough sleepers, based on local needs and priorities.

The following table sets out the amount spent on Supporting People services by region and by primary client group for 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08. Retrospective spend information for these three years was reported to the Department annually by administering authorities. Data relating to 2003-04 and 2004-05 in the following table reflect the actual level of Supporting People grant allocation.


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SP financial information 2003-08 for domestic violence and homeless client groups, by region
Region Women at risk of DV Single homeless Homeless Families Rough sleeper

2003-04( 1)

North East

2,576,880

11,325,583

1,175,825

12,490

North West

7,076,498

44,003,942

14,541,305

214,161

Yorkshire and Humberside

6,251,324

21,470,521

5,725,026

949,473

East Midlands

5,992,686

24,960,194

4,201,243

163,221

West Midlands

8,771,676

21,409,392

3,896,450

0

East

4,463,617

25,470,320

2,765,475

11,569

London

11,865,055

80,960,743

12,619,099

8,474,084

South East

6,187,293

32,362,583

3,590,283

1,741,992

South West

4,034,989

26,915,286

3,044,761

1,086,375

Total

57,131,302

288,847,929

51,750,009

12,720,645

2004-05( 1)

North East

2,585,704

11,248,267

1,172,818

12,375

North West

7,039,408

43,647,762

14,405,397

211,083

Yorkshire and Humberside

6,189,306

21,185,617

5,630,154

928,434

East Midlands

5,917,736

24,557,471

4,136,585

158,929

West Midlands

8,752,594

21,325,427

3,918,316

0

East

4,452,971

25,553,926

2,779,959

11,511

London

11,842,080

80,338,357

12,576,977

8,373,174

South East

6,161,947

32,209,893

3,581,707

1,723,219

South West

4,021,760

26,880,426

3,023,289

1,086,455

Total

56,963,504

286,947,146

51,225,203

12,505,180

2005-06

North East

2,835,677

10,902,922

1,200,539

12,590

North West

7,369,185

35,454,968

10,692,917

721,542

Yorkshire and Humberside

6,244,079

20,477,330

5,467,045

545,472

East Midlands

5,705,247

19,075,171

4,289,385

198,309

West Midlands

9,878,928

20,504,573

2,357,009

0

East

4,626,515

22,242,815

2,560,051

19,378

London

11,674,608

68,885,005

15,873,832

11,971,500

South East

6,673,546

31,876,031

3,924,310

1,991,145

South West

4,325,474

22,351,993

3,107,731

799,450

Total

59,333,258

251,770,808

49,472,818

16,259,386

2006-07

North East

2,727,974

11,144,585

1,239,057

13,651

North West

7,764,318

34,875,223

10,651,293

964,211

Yorkshire and Humberside

6,516,817

17,544,805

5,929,048

743,354

East Midlands

6,093,211

17,740,659

3,981,415

261,947

West Midlands

9,731,621

19,450,876

2,777,146

0

East

4,807,037

18,826,621

2,400,933

19,294

London

12,478,747

63,425,571

14,748,999

12,753,861

South East

6,935,572

28,728,075

3,799,682

1,510,665

South West

4,590,023

21,887,261

3,194,813

1,218,770

Total

61,645,319

233,623,677

48,722,386

17,485,753

2007-08

North East

3,042,569

10,262,428

1,367,896

41,249

North West

7,903,985

35,003,365

11,414,123

1,147,129

Yorkshire and Humberside

6,824,502

17,303,932

6,290,100

1,086,917

East Midlands

6,719,608

19,104,846

3,803,393

174,599

West Midlands

10,141,312

18,453,935

2,538,846

280,297

East

4,775,527

19,736,280

2,649,753

15,504

London

12,870,564

54,696,919

12,611,487

12,514,292

South East

7,390,539

28,133,640

3,176,137

1,477,743

South West

4,854,878

19,467,429

3,088,183

2,038,357

Total

64,523,484

222,162,774

46,939,918

18,776,088

(1) The Supporting People Programme came into effect on 1st April 2003 and as such financial information relating to Supporting People services is only available from this time. The information included in the above table shows the breakdown of SP financial information for each region as a whole for the first five years of the programme. Data relating to the years 2003-04 and 2004-05 reflect the level of grant allocation which was based on the picture of SP services as at 1 April 2003 (programme go live)-what actual spend levels per client group were in these years will not be the same, as actual reported spend data are not available. Information relating to the years 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08 reflects actual spend as reported by AAs at the end of each financial year. Analysis of the 2008-09 data is yet to be finalised.

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