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Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Homes and Communities Agency (20 Apr 2009)

Margaret Beckett: Since their establishment the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has spent approximately £0.8 million on IT for former English Partnerships, Academy for Sustainable Communities and transferred CLG staff. The spend for the Tenants Services Authority (TSA) is £0.9 million which covers the costs of IT relating to former Housing Corporation staff. This cannot be disaggregated between those...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Housing: Low Incomes (20 Apr 2009)

Margaret Beckett: Homes and Communities Agency employees are covered by three pension schemes. The English Partnerships Pension scheme was renamed the Homes and Communities Agency Pension scheme with effect from 1 December 2008, when the Homes and Communities Agency replaced English Partnerships as the Principal Employer. It was adopted as the scheme of choice for the Homes and Communities Agency and is used...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Mortgages: Government Assistance (20 Apr 2009)

Margaret Beckett: As part of the monitoring arrangements for the Government mortgage rescue scheme, headline data will be published on a monthly basis on the Department's website starting this month. We plan to publish data for January, February and March 2009 on 21 April 2009.

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Home Information Packs (24 Apr 2009)

Margaret Beckett: The Home Information Pack (Amendment) (No.3) Regulations were accompanied by a regulatory impact assessment www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2008/em/uksiem_20083107_en.pdf setting out our assessment of the effect of the new rules which came into force on 6 April 2009.

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Homes and Communities Agency (24 Apr 2009)

Margaret Beckett: Final audited information for the HCA and the TSA for the year ending 31 March 2009 will be available after the end of the financial year. The predecessor bodies of the HCA were English Partnerships, the investment arm of the Housing Corporation, and the Academy for Sustainable Communities. A range of programmes previously delivered by Communities and Local Government (CLG) also transferred...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Homes and Communities Agency (24 Apr 2009)

Margaret Beckett: The following table provides details of the buildings owned by the HCA and their open market values at 31 March 2008, which represents the last audited position. £000 St. George's House, Gateshead 2,500 Arpley House, Warrington 5,800 I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 12 March 2009, Official Report, column 740W-42W, to the hon. Member for Peterborough (Mr....

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Housing: Construction (24 Apr 2009)

Margaret Beckett: The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) came into being on December 1, 2008. National targets for housing starts and completions were inherited from both the Housing Corporation (National Affordable Housing Programme—NAHP) and from English Partnerships (Property and Regeneration Programme— P and R). The Department for Communities and Local Government does not publish regional targets for...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Housing: Low Incomes (24 Apr 2009)

Margaret Beckett: The following table shows the average monetary value of a mortgage taken out by a buyer purchasing a property under HomeBuy schemes in England in 2007-08, by region. Region Average mortgage value (£) North East 62,980 North West 55,260 Yorkshire and Humberside 57,780 East Midlands 52,590 West Midlands 61,610 Eastern 84,360 London 89,970 South East 79,780...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Housing: Low Incomes (24 Apr 2009)

Margaret Beckett: The following table shows the average sum provided as a deposit by buyers purchasing a property under HomeBuy schemes in England in 2007-08, by region. Region Average deposit (£) North East 9,820 North West 13,090 Yorkshire and Humberside 13,640 East Midlands 10,990 West Midlands 9,620 Eastern 7,720 London 7,360 South East 9,190 South West 11,240 ...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Housing: Low Incomes (24 Apr 2009)

Margaret Beckett: The following table shows the average monthly service charge and monthly ground rent paid on properties purchased under HomeBuy schemes in England in 2007-08, by region. £ (per month) Region Average service charge Average ground rent North East 36 122 North West 40 141 Yorkshire and Humberside 27 132 East Midlands 35 165 West Midlands 42 163 Eastern...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Housing: Valuation (24 Apr 2009)

Margaret Beckett: The average change in property value in each region of England between 1991 and February 2009 are presented as follows: Region Change in house price, 1991—February 2009 (percentage) North East 196.2 North West(1) — Yorkshire and the Humber 165.4 East Midlands 169.6 West Midlands 169.3 East 177.8 London 200.8 South East 176.3 South West 193.7 ...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Mortgages (24 Apr 2009)

Margaret Beckett: As part of the programme of work to develop both 'Homeowners Mortgage Support' and the 'Mortgage Rescue Scheme', CLG has held ongoing discussions with a wide range of lenders on their mortgage forbearance schemes, including the four lenders named above.

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Mortgages: Government Assistance (24 Apr 2009)

Margaret Beckett: As part of the monitoring arrangements for the Government Mortgage Rescue Scheme, headline data will be published on a monthly basis on the Department's website starting this month. We will be publishing headline data for January, February and March 2009 on 30 April 2009, as pre-announced on the UK National Statistics Publication Hub, after which local authority breakdowns can be made...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Mortgages: Government Assistance (24 Apr 2009)

Margaret Beckett: The impact assessment for Homeowners Mortgage Support (HMS) was published on Tuesday 21 April and is available at: http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/housing/mortgages upportimpactassessment The impact assessment sets out the estimated costs and benefits of HMS. We estimate that the total set-up cost for Government of HMS will be £2 million (present value); the majority of which has...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Mortgages: Government Assistance (24 Apr 2009)

Margaret Beckett: Lenders covering more than 80 per cent. of the mortgage market will be providing enhanced support: to their customers through 'Homeowners Mortgage Support' by offering the scheme or comparable arrangements. This includes around 50 per cent. market share who will be taking part in the Government's guarantee backed scheme, of which lenders accounting for 45 per cent. of market share opened the...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Mortgages: Government Assistance (24 Apr 2009)

Margaret Beckett: 'Homeowners Mortgage Support' (HMS) is a new scheme which will enable eligible borrowers to reduce their monthly mortgage interest payments to affordable levels for up to two years to help them get back on track with their finances if they suffer a temporary loss of income. Households in negative equity are eligible for support through this scheme.

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Property Development: Planning Permission (24 Apr 2009)

Margaret Beckett: The number of planning permissions granted to home owners for improvements to their residential property in 2008-09 is tabled as follows: Period Number granted April-December 2008 167,000 Source: Communities and Local Government General Development Control Returns PSF. The figure for January to March 2009 will be published on 26 June 2009.

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Property Development: Surrey (24 Apr 2009)

Margaret Beckett: Since July 2005 officials from the Government Office for the South East have attended a preview to a public exhibition on 4 February 2006 and a presentation of the proposed development on 11 September 2006. Officials from the Government Office for the South East and from CLG have met with representatives of Dunsfold Park Ltd. on 17 April 2007 and 4 September 2007. No Ministers from CLG...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Property Development: Surrey (24 Apr 2009)

Margaret Beckett: Dunsfold Park is included in the initial eco-towns assessment summaries, which are available on my Department's website: http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/housing/pdf/eco-town sassessmentsummaries.pdf These assessment summaries were the outcome of the scrutiny of all proposals received, including Dunsfold Park, following the launch of the Eco-towns Prospectus (July 2007), and considered...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Social Rented Housing: Carbon Emissions (24 Apr 2009)

Margaret Beckett: The Heat and Energy Saving Strategy, launched on 12 February this year, sets out the Government's ambitions for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the housing stock, including social housing. In order to reduce total greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent. by 2050, emissions from the heat, power and lighting used in homes and buildings will need to approach zero. The Government intend...


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