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Mr Bain: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what framework will be applied to assess whether or not benefit claimants have complied with the rules on claiming (a) income support, (b) jobseeker's allowance and (c) employment and support allowance; and what measures will be put in place to ensure sanctions for those in breach of those rules do not affect their children. 
Chris Grayling: We strongly believe that the welfare state should combine rights with responsibilities. All benefits have basic entitlement conditions (for example, recipients of jobseeker's allowance have to be available to take up full-time work immediately). Those receiving income support or employment and support allowance who are able to prepare for work or make themselves more work-ready are expected to do so as a condition of receiving benefit.
Where the customer fails to satisfy the conditions for receiving benefit a Jobcentre Plus Decision Maker will consider whether a sanction is appropriate. The decision maker is impartial and considers evidence from both the adviser and the customer set against regulations, case law and guidance.
Sanctions are only applied to the individual's personal benefit entitlement-additions for a spouse or partner and premiums for disabled children are not affected; nor is entitlement to housing benefit and council tax benefit. Child tax credits are unaffected by any sanction. Jobseekers in vulnerable groups who are sanctioned may be entitled to hardship payments, where their jobseeker's allowance is paid at a reduced rate. Vulnerable groups include households where there is a dependent child who may be affected by the imposition of a sanction.
Jonathan Edwards: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what percentage of total carbon emissions reduction target funding was allocated to Wales in each year since the scheme was launched. 
Energy suppliers are free to decide how best to deliver their carbon target by installing approved household energy efficiency measures anywhere across Great Britain, in the manner they consider most appropriate within the rules of the scheme. There are no regional targets or funding requirements.
Jonathan Edwards: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps are taken to ensure that funding for (a) carbon emissions reduction targets and (b) the Community Energy Saving Programme is allocated evenly to each constituent part of the UK. 
Gregory Barker: The Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) and the Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP) are GB-wide obligations on the six largest domestic energy suppliers (and large electricity generators in the case of CESP) to achieve savings in the levels of CO2 emitted by householders. Individual companies' targets are set by the regulator, Ofgem.
Energy companies are free to decide how best to deliver their carbon target by installing approved household energy efficiency measures anywhere across Great Britain in the manner they consider most appropriate within the rules of the schemes. There are no regional targets or funding requirements.
CESP does designate eligible areas based on the lowest income areas identified by the Indices of Multiple Deprivation. In England this is based on the lowest 10% income areas and in Scotland and Wales the lowest 15%. In total there are around 4,500 designated CESP areas across Great Britain.
Government have not provided any underwriting for UK civil nuclear insurance liabilities in the last 10years. Indeed, if Government were to provide such a facility they would do so for a commercial charge.
Zac Goldsmith: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much the Government has spent on nuclear projects through the European Commission Joint Research Centre in the last 10 years. 
Charles Hendry: The European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) is funded directly by the European Commission under the auspices of the Euratom treaty. Therefore the UK has not directly funded any nuclear projects through the JRC.
Gregory Barker: The Government are committed to increasing the amount of renewable heat in the UK; this is a crucial part of ensuring we meet our renewables targets, cutting carbon and ensuring energy security.
We are currently looking at the renewable heat incentive (RHI) proposals. Clearly there are benefits to the scheme, but we must also consider the impact of the costs, particularly given the financial constraints we must work within and the potential impact that funding options could have on vulnerable people.
Andrew Stunell [holding answer 14 June 2010]: We are going to introduce community-owned local housing trusts which will enable communities to create new homes for local people. My Department and the Homes and Communities Agency are already working with several existing community land trusts and other community inspired housing groups who are developing schemes for local housing.
Kate Hoey: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if his Department will undertake research into the cost-effectiveness of building of homes (a) by local authorities directly and (b) under private finance initiative schemes. 
Homes being built under the Local Authority New Build programme are subject to a value for money assessment by the Homes and Communities Agency before receiving support and Housing Private Finance Initiative (PFI) schemes also go through key value for money assessments. As part of the comprehensive spending review, my Department plans to assess the value for money of Housing PFI and other delivery routes.
Ian Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his policy is on flying the Union flag each day from each official building for which his Department is responsible. 
Robert Neill: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport issues guidance for the flying of the Union flag on UK Government buildings. The guidance encourages the Union flag to be flown 365 days a year, and as a minimum all Departments must fly the Union flag on the 19 special designated days e.g Queen's birthday, Remembrance Day, etc. and other special occasions as required e.g. State Opening of Parliament.
Ian Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether any domestic properties in the gift of the Government have been allocated to the use of Ministers in his Department. 
Mr Anderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his most recent estimate is of the annual cost to his Department of redundancy payments for (a) front line and (b) other staff employed by (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies. 
Chris Leslie: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of jobs likely to be lost as a result of the ending of the requirement to use home information packs. 
Andrew Stunell [holding answer 7 June 2010]: It is difficult to make such an estimate. Although HIP providers will be most affected, many may continue to offer other services such as conveyancing, local search provision and the preparation of energy performance certificates.
Mr Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 10 June 2010, on local government savings package, what the evidential basis is for the statement that the Housing and Planning Delivery Grant has been ineffective. 
Robert Neill: Housing and Planning Delivery Grant was designed to incentivise an increase in housing completions and the delivery of local plans. HPDG was first paid in 2008-09. Since then housing completions have fallen from 174,900 in 2007 to 142,400 in 2008 and 118,000 in 2009. Furthermore, local planning authorities local development frameworks have still failed to appear expeditiously with only 18% of local authorities who have adopted a core strategy in the six-year period after the system was introduced.
Mr Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much Hartlepool Borough Council received from the Housing and Planning Delivery Grant in each year that it was available. 
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Mr Iain Wright:
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 10 June 2010, on local
government savings package, what incentive schemes he plans to bring forward to replace the Housing and Planning Delivery Grant. 
Andrew Stunell: The Housing and Planning Delivery Grant has proved to be ineffective and excessively complex. We will replace this with incentives for local authorities to deliver sustainable development, including for new homes and businesses.
The definition of previously developed land in Annex B, now excludes private residential gardens
The national indicative minimum density of 30 dwellings per hectare was deleted from paragraph 47.
We have committed, in the Coalition Government document "The Coalition: our programme for government", to publish and present to Parliament a simple and consolidated national planning framework covering all forms of development and setting out national economic, environmental and social priorities. We will set out how we intend to do this in due course.
Andrew Stunell: The Government does not set a minimum proportion of affordable housing required in new housing developments. Existing guidance in Planning Policy Statement 3: Housing, paragraph 29 asks local planning authorities to set an overall plan-wide target for the amount of affordable housing to be provided and remains unchanged.
Andrew Stunell: Local authorities should develop their own housing density policies having regard to Planning Policy Statement 3: Housing, paragraph 46. The indicative minimum density target (30 dwellings per hectare) in paragraph 47 of PPS3 was deleted on 9 June 2010. There is therefore no national minimum density policy.
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