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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. 
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.
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. 
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:
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. 
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.
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. 
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.
|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|
|(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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