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Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Home Information Packs (15 Jan 2009)

Margaret Beckett: The most recent assessment made of the effects of the cost of home information packs on people seeking to sell houses was independent research carried out by Europe Economics, published in November 2007. They found no evidence of any impact of HIPs on transactions and prices and only a short-term impact of HIPs on new listings which would be marginal compared to wider factors.

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Eco-Towns (19 Jan 2009)

Margaret Beckett: As set out in the draft Eco-towns Planning Policy Statement, published on 4 November 2008, the eco-towns initiative has been developed with the aim of getting exemplar projects off the ground. I have made clear that I am not committed to a particular number at this stage, but that we will look at bringing forward up to 10 schemes.

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Energy Performance Certificates (19 Jan 2009)

Margaret Beckett: Part L of the Building Regulations applies only to new buildings. Energy performance certificates are required for all buildings being marketed. An Energy Performance Certificate additionally provides an A to G rating similar to the label provided with domestic appliances so that the energy efficiency of buildings can be readily compared. An Energy Performance Certificate is also accompanied...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Homes and Communities Agency: Finance (19 Jan 2009)

Margaret Beckett: In agreement with Her Majesty's Treasury, the Homes and Communities Agency's (HCA) budgets for 2008-09 have been agreed on merger accounting principles. This means that the HCA is deemed to have existed since 1 April 2008 and a full 2008-09 budget has been set. For 2008-09, the HCA will receive funding from my Department of £3.9 billion (of this £86 million is for administrative...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Housing: Databases (19 Jan 2009)

Margaret Beckett: Data on numbers of HCRs lodged to date has been used to inform policy decisions on condition information in the HIP, including the recent announcement to establish a working group to explore options for making sure that consumers have appropriate information about a property's condition. The Department has used the data held on the energy performance register to monitor the application of and...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Energy Efficiency (20 Jan 2009)

Margaret Beckett: This Department has various policies and programmes for example the Decent Homes Programme, Building Regulations and Energy Performance Certificates that already address energy efficiency in existing homes. The Government will shortly be consulting on a Heat and Energy Saving Strategy, to provide a route map to greener, warmer homes, which will save energy and help householders reduce their...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: New Housing Estimates (20 Jan 2009)

Margaret Beckett: Planned housing numbers are set out in the published regional spatial strategies, local development frameworks and the associated annual monitoring reports.

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Home Information Packs (26 Jan 2009)

Margaret Beckett: No. A gas safety certificate is authorised for inclusion in the HIP where one exists and the seller wishes to include it. The new property information questionnaire (PIQ) includes information on the service history of heating systems. The PIQ will be completed by sellers and will become a required HIP document from 6 April 2009.

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Home Information Packs (26 Jan 2009)

Margaret Beckett: The stakeholder panel, which I chair, meets regularly to consider how to improve the home buying and selling process, including home information packs. My announcement of 8 December sets out, and makes clear how we plan to improve the content of HIPs to help realise their full potential for consumers. In particular, I have asked Ted Beardsall to convene a working group to consider local...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Homes and Communities Agency: Finance (26 Jan 2009)

Margaret Beckett: The following table provides a break down of the Homes and Communities Agency's (HCA) budget. This gives the full HCA budget for 2008-09 for the reason set out in my response to the hon. Gentleman on 19 January 2009, Official Report, column 1076W. £ million Planned 2008-09 budget (12 months) Programme Near-cash Non-cash Capital Total( 1) HCA administration...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Homes and Communities Agency: Finance (26 Jan 2009)

Margaret Beckett: The costs of the Homes and Communities Agency are set out in the Housing and Regeneration Bill-Impact Assessment, a copy of which is in the House Library. This states that the one-off cost of setting up the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) will be £20 million over three years. A break down of the 2008-09 administration running costs of the HCA is provided in the following table. This...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Homes and Communities Agency: Pay (26 Jan 2009)

Margaret Beckett: The Secretary of State's role is to approve the overall annual pay proposals for the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) bearing in mind the terms of the annual guidance on pay for civil and public servants issued by Her Majesty's Treasury. It is then for individual non departmental public bodies (NDPBs), including the HCA, to determine pay and conditions for their staff. The Secretary of...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Homes and Communities Agency (29 Jan 2009)

Margaret Beckett: This information is already in the public domain, the Communities and Local Government press notice dated 17 October 2008 refers to it: http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/corporate/996383

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Homes and Communities Agency (29 Jan 2009)

Margaret Beckett: The new Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), which was established on 1 December 2008, is the Government's key delivery partner in relation to housing and regeneration. It has the ability to acquire land in support of its statutory objects and in accordance with priorities established through its corporate planning process. The HCA can acquire land for a range of purposes, for example to...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Homes and Communities Agency: Finance (29 Jan 2009)

Margaret Beckett: Over £2.1 billion has been allocated from the Homes and Communities Affordable Housing Programme budget for 2008-09 by the end of December 2008. The HCA are accepting and assessing bids on a continuous basis as part of their continuous market engagement. Spend on the Affordable Housing Programme to the end of December totalled £1.1 billion which is in line with trajectory for this...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Housing (29 Jan 2009)

Margaret Beckett: On 2 September 2008 we announced a £1 billion market rescue package to increase confidence, stability and fairness in the housing market. On 24 November we brought forward additional capital spending as part of the 2008 pre-Budget report fiscal stimulus. Considering together the September housing announcement and the pre-Budget report, we are making £330 million, £1.195...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Eco-Towns: Public Consultation (4 Feb 2009)

Margaret Beckett: As part of the first stage of consultation on "Eco-towns—living a greener future", we received over 12,000 responses, providing a wide range of views on the principles of eco-towns and the shortlisted locations. A summary report of the responses received, is available on my Department's website. The online consultation is part of our second stage consultation, covering the draft...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Homes and Communities Agency: Operating Costs (4 Feb 2009)

Margaret Beckett: In agreement with Her Majesty's Treasury, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) budgets for 2008-09 have been agreed on merger accounting principles. This means that the HCA is deemed to have existed since 1 April 2008 and full 2008-09 budgets have been set. The planned full year running costs budget for the HCA in 2008-09 is £86 million, with an additional £4 million being...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Local Government: Mortgages (4 Feb 2009)

Margaret Beckett: We do not directly hold all such information. It is for local authorities to decide whether to exercise the power to provide mortgages.


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