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Table 1: Average net weekly equivalised household income in the City of York parliamentary constituency area, 2001-02 and 2007-08 ( 1, 2)
£

(a) In current prices(4)

Mean income (before housing costs)( 3) Mean income (after housing costs)( 3)

2001-02

360

330

2007-08

470

380

(b) In 2007-08 prices

2001-02

410

370

2007-08

470

380

(1) Incomes are presented net of income tax payments, National Insurance contributions and Council tax
(2) Figures rounded to the nearest £10
(3) Housing costs include rent (gross of housing benefit), water charges, mortgage interest payments, structural insurance, ground rent and service charges.
(4) Current prices are the prices as they were at the time of the survey. For example, data for 2001-02 are in 2001-02 prices and data for 2007-08 are in 2007-08 prices
Source:
Office for National Statistics

Unemployment

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 1 March 2010, Official Report, columns 995-6W, on unemployment, how many economically inactive people of working age who were long-term sick or disabled wanted employment in (a) each of the last 10 years and (b) each of the last eight quarters. [321641]

Angela E. Smith: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated March 2010:

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/downloads/theme_labour/LMS_FR_HS/WebTable13.xls


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Economically inactive, long-term sick or disabled people of working age( 1) who want a job( 2) , United Kingdom, seasonally adjusted

Total (thousand)

October to December quarter:

2000

744

2001

753

2002

752

2003

670

2004

634

2005

615

2006

611

2007

618

Latest eight quarters:

2008

January to March

664

April to June

658

July to September

653

October to December

628

2009

January to March

599

April to June

618

July to September

659

October to December

676

(1) Men aged 16 to 64 and women aged 16 to 59.
(2) Those who had not been looking for work in the four weeks prior to interview but who said they would like a regular paid job, plus those who had been looking for work but had been unable to start within two weeks.
Source:
ONS Labour Force Survey

Unemployment Benefits

Mrs. May: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office for what reason the time series data produced by the Office for National Statistics on the number of 18 to 24 year olds claiming jobseeker's allowance before April 1997 are unavailable; what data are available on the number of young people who claimed unemployment benefits before that date; and by what mechanisms data on numbers of unemployment benefit claimants before and after April 1997 may be compared. [322105]

Angela E. Smith: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated 16 March 2010:


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Communities and Local Government

Affordable Housing

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what liabilities the Homes and Communities Agency has in relation to rent subsidy for tenants signed up to the Rent to HomeBuy scheme for the financial year (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12. [321561]

John Healey: The Homes and Communities Agency provide capital grant to support the development or acquisition of properties. The grant is paid at start on site and on completion of a scheme. No further financial liabilities exist.

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many Rent to HomeBuy tenants are expected to purchase a share in their home in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and what estimate has been made of the costs of the scheme in each of those years; [321563]

(2) pursuant to the answer of 2 March 2010, Official Report, columns 1127-28W, on affordable housing: finance, whether the allocations to the Rent to HomeBuy scheme assume that 100 per cent. of tenants will purchase a share in their home. [321582]

John Healey: The Rent to HomeBuy product is designed to assist people into homeownership and it is expected that tenants will purchase a share of their property during or at the end of the agreed intermediate period. It is recognised that some tenants' personal circumstances may mean that moving into shared ownership is not suitable for them at that time.

The Homes and Communities Agency does not make assumptions about future purchases when making allocation decisions for this product.

The HCA, based on information as at the end of February 2010, is currently forecasting expenditure on approved Rent to HomeBuy schemes in 2010-11 and 2011-12 of £52 million and £27 million respectively.


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Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the Homes and Communities Agency grant for Rent to HomeBuy properties is paid (a) at the start or (b) on an ongoing basis during an intermediate rent tenancy. [321565]

John Healey: Capital grant is provided through the National Affordable Housing Programme, for the provision of a property. Grant is paid for new build schemes in two tranches, with part of the grant paid at start on site and the remainder on completion of the scheme. Where a property is bought by or transferred to an Investment Partner as an existing unit 100 per cent. of the grant is paid on completion. There is no further grant paid after the development is complete.

The Rent to HomeBuy scheme may be either a new build scheme or acquisition of an existing property.

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 2 March 2010, Official Report, columns 1127-28W, on affordable housing: finance, what estimate he has made of the percentage of the funding allocated to Rent to HomeBuy for 2010-11 which will be used for (a) existing tenants' rent subsidies and (b) new completions. [321581]

John Healey: The Homes and Communities Agency through their National Affordable Housing Programme funds the provision of new affordable housing units under the Rent to HomeBuy scheme. All funding in 2010-11 will be used to provide new affordable housing either through new build or acquisition. No funding through the National Affordable Housing Programme will be used for existing tenants' rent subsidies.

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent steps the Government has taken to increase the provision of family-sized affordable homes. [321606]

Mr. Ian Austin: The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) is aiming to create cohesive and sustainable communities including the provision of larger family sized homes. As part of the HCA's Corporate Plan we have also set them a target that 30 per cent. of their social rented homes completions through the National Affordable Housing Programme in 2009-10 should be for homes with three or more bedrooms. This target is set to increase to 33 per cent. in 2010-11.

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many affordable family-sized homes have been built in each year since 1997. [321607]

Mr. Ian Austin: The number of affordable homes built in each year since 1997 are available on the CLG website in Live Table 1009. Statistics are not held centrally that identify which of these are 'family-sized' or occupied by families.

Information in respect of the distribution of affordable homes provided through the Homes and Communities Agency's Affordable Housing Programme by the number of bedrooms has been deposited in the Library of the
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House in response to the question I answered from the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield (Grant Shapps) on 15 March 2010, Official Report, column 667W.

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department plans to take to assist local authorities to increase provision of family-sized affordable homes. [321608]

Mr. Ian Austin: The Local Authority New Build programme is providing over £500 million for the direct development of new affordable homes to rent by local authorities. Funding has now been approved to 87 local authorities to build over 4,000 homes. If all proceed to completion over 40 per cent. will be homes with three bedrooms or more.

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his most recent assessment is of the effectiveness of the pathfinder areas in increasing provision of family-sized affordable homes. [321609]

Mr. Ian Austin: The overcrowding pathfinder programme has enabled local authorities to develop effective schemes that support under-occupiers who wish to downsize and to therefore free up family-sized affordable homes.

The majority of pathfinders have reported an increase in the number of family-sized homes being made available to let.

AXA Group

Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what meetings Ministers in his Department have had with AXA and its subsidiaries since 2005. [322028]

Barbara Follett [holding answer 12 March 2010]: Since the formation of Communities and Local Government in 2006 no Ministers have met with AXA. Information prior to this is not held centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

Information on any meetings with AXA's subsidiaries could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

Council Tax: Newcastle upon Tyne

Jim Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many
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properties there are in each council tax band in the city of Newcastle upon Tyne; and how many in each such band are (a) empty and (b) in each exemption class. [321042]

Barbara Follett: Details of the number of dwellings and the number of long-term empty dwellings by council tax band in Newcastle upon Tyne are shown in the following table.

Data on dwellings that are exempt from council tax (including short-term empty dwellings) are not collected by individual council tax band.

Council tax band Number of dwellings Long-term empty dwellings

A

71,269

1,157

B

18,065

105

C

17,596

125

D

8,200

68

E

4,007

26

F

1,916

17

G

1,491

19

H

117

5

Total

122,661

1,522


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