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Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Mortgages: Government Assistance (12 Mar 2009)

Margaret Beckett: We are currently working with lenders to agree the Master Guarantee for the Homeowners Mortgage Support Scheme, which we expect to be open for business with the first lenders in April. We will publish a full impact assessment when the Master Guarantee Deed has been finalised.

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Mortgages: Government Assistance (12 Mar 2009)

Margaret Beckett: The £200 million Government Mortgage Rescue Scheme has been operational across the country since 1 January 2009, following successful 'fast tracking' by 80 local authorities in December 2008. There has been widespread interest in the scheme. An informal telephone survey of 60 local authorities conducted by officials at Communities and Local Government on 18 February 2009 showed that over...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Mortgages: Government Assistance (12 Mar 2009)

Margaret Beckett: The non-cash provision for the Homeowners Mortgage Support Scheme is in respect of any guarantees issued under the scheme in 2008-09. We are currently working with lenders to agree the Master Guarantee for the Homeowners Mortgage Support Scheme. We expect to be open for business with the first lenders in April, in which case no liabilities will have been entered into in 2008-09 and the...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: National Policy Statements (12 Mar 2009)

Margaret Beckett: The Department for Communities and Local Government published a Route Map for implementation of the Infrastructure Planning Commission regime, including the current timetable for preparation of National Policy Statements, on its website on 27 January. Copies are also in the House Library. Given the complexity of the implementation programme and the need for consultation on, and parliamentary...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Thames Gateway: Finance (12 Mar 2009)

Margaret Beckett: The following table sets out the CLG Thames Gateway programme expenditure or budget (excluding non-cash) for each year: Programme capital and resource (cash only) £ million Financial year Actual Budget 2005-06 163 — 2006-07 121 — 2007-08 175 — 2008-09 — (1)122 2009-10 — (1)174 2010-11 — (1)174 2011-12 — n/a (1 )Budgets...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Eco-Towns (16 Mar 2009)

Margaret Beckett: I am placing a copy of the Cragg Ross Dawson research in the House Library. This was qualitative research undertaken last July to explore national and local attitudes to the proposals for eco-towns, and to help inform our communications strategy at that time.

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Homelessness: Crosby (16 Mar 2009)

Margaret Beckett: The Government Mortgage Rescue aims to support up to 6,000 'vulnerable' households in England at risk of repossession over the next two years. Under the scheme's criteria, a 'vulnerable' household is termed as one that falls within one of three priority need categories and who would be owed a duty to secure accommodation under the homelessness legislation (section 189(1)(a)-(c) of the Housing...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Social Rented Housing: EC Nationals (16 Mar 2009)

Margaret Beckett: EU nationals are eligible in principle for an allocation of local authority housing in England where they: are exercising an EU treaty right to reside as a worker or as a self-employed person; are an accession state national registered on the worker registration or worker authorisation scheme; have a right to reside permanently in the United Kingdom; or, subject to also being habitually...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Eco-Towns (17 Mar 2009)

Margaret Beckett: We expect to publish the Eco-towns Planning Policy Statement (PPS) later this year following consideration of responses to the consultation on the draft PPS, which runs until 30 April 2009.

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Housing: Low Incomes (17 Mar 2009)

Margaret Beckett: The £135 million package announced by the Mayor on 3 March contained two elements: (a) £93 million to unlock five stalled development sites across London over the next 12 months. The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) estimates this will result in approximately 941 new affordable homes on these five sites; and (b) £42 million for the "Up2U/First Steps" scheme. The details of this scheme...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: London Thames Gateway Development Corporation: Business Interests (17 Mar 2009)

Margaret Beckett: Potential applicants for the role of independent member of the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation (LTGDC) Planning Committee were sent an 'Information for Candidates' pack. This described the role of independent members of that committee, and the skills sought. In addition, the LTGDC planning code of practice was part of the information pack. That code includes a cross reference to...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Mortgages: Government Assistance (17 Mar 2009)

Margaret Beckett: The informal telephone survey of 60 local authorities operating the Government's Mortgage Rescue Scheme was conducted by officials at Communities and Local Government on 18 February 2009. The exercise was intended to provide an early indication of take-up among a cross-section of participating local authorities. Formal monitoring arrangements for all local authorities are currently being...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Energy Performance Certificates (18 Mar 2009)

Margaret Beckett: The Department maintains technical and business operating standards that energy assessors are expected to adhere to in creating energy performance certificate (EPCs). We also approve accreditation schemes who are responsible for accrediting energy assessors and ensuring that they comply with our standards in creating the EPCs. Accreditation schemes are required to check a sample of EPCs for...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Energy Performance Certificates (18 Mar 2009)

Margaret Beckett: The Department accepts that an accredited energy assessor may require professional assistance in carrying out assessments of portfolios of large numbers of similar types of properties (such as local authority housing stock) and of large non-domestic properties. We have accordingly issued guidance on the use of such assistants in the undertaking of assessments of non-domestic and rental...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Homebuy Scheme (18 Mar 2009)

Margaret Beckett: Following a competitive bidding process, 130 developers were approved by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) to offer the HomeBuy Direct scheme, which is designed to help up to 18,000 first time buyers into home ownership. Nearly 7,000 HomeBuy Direct properties are currently available to purchasers, and a further 11,000 properties will become available very soon.

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Homebuy Scheme (18 Mar 2009)

Margaret Beckett: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield (Grant Shapps) on 3 March 2009 , Official Report, column 1540W. In addition, the table shows Social HomeBuy sales by region for 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09 to end January 2009. Region n ame (by location) 2006-07 2007-08 2008 -09( 1) North East 2 7 7 North West 4 34 22 Yorks and...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Sustainable Development (18 Mar 2009)

Margaret Beckett: The Department had a corporate stand at the EcoBuild conference, which was manned by officials from a number of relevant policy areas to ensure the provision of expert advice to delegates to the conference. The speech that I made at the conference can be downloaded from the Communities website: http://www.communities.gov.uk/speeches/corporate/futuregreen building The publications that were...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Home Information Packs (19 Mar 2009)

Margaret Beckett: In relation to publicity expenditure on Home Information Packs (HIPs) prior to 7 February 2008, I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) on 7 February 2008, Official Report, column 1309W. Since January 2009 the Department has conducted a campaign to meet its duty to inform industry and consumers of forthcoming changes to HIPs and...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Homebuy Scheme (19 Mar 2009)

Margaret Beckett: Information on the number of homes subsequently sold on the open market by the first owner under the three HomeBuy products (New Build, Open Market and Social HomeBuy) is not held centrally. Subsequent sales information will be collected for New Build HomeBuy (shared ownership) homes which have been allocated funding through the Homes and Communities Agency National Affordable Housing...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Housing Revenue Accounts (19 Mar 2009)

Margaret Beckett: Information on whether a local authority may be in either positive or negative Housing Revenue Account (HRA) subsidy in 2009-10 is not yet available. The information requested for the last five years is available on the Department's website or in the Library of the House. However, for convenience separate tables showing which local authorities received negative HRA subsidy, and which received...


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