To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Islington South and Finsbury constituency, the effects on Islington South and Finsbury of her Department's policies and actions since 2nd May 1997.
The Department has put in place a considerable programme of reforms and improvements across a wide range of policy areas since 1997 to help improve the quality of life for local communities. These include broadening enforcement tools to tackle litter, dog fouling, noise and fly-posting. The issuing of Fixed Penalty Notices for Islington in each of these areas are as follows.
|London borough of Islington—litter|
|Number of fines issued by local authority||256|
|Number of fines paid to local authority||179|
|Number of cases taken to court||3|
Islington also has the power to impose Fixed Penalty Notices for dog fouling, graffiti, fly posting and noise. No notices have been issued by Islington for these offences. Improved monitoring tools and resources have also been introduced to help local authorities to manage local environmental quality issues at a local level, respond to local needs and target resources more effectively and efficiently.
The main source of funding for local authorities' waste management services is the Environmental, Protective and Cultural Services (EPCS) block of annual Government grant. It is for the local authorities to decide what proportion of the block is invested in waste management services, including recycling. Funding is also provided from a variety of other sources to support recycling, the amounts allocated are set out in the table.
|Local authority||Funding type||Funding short description||Funding amount||Start date||End date|
|Islington||Grant to relieve spending pressures on waste||67,220.00||1 April 2004||31 March 2005|
|Islington||Waste Performance Efficiency |
|WPEG||193,470.00||1 April 2005||31 March 2006|
|Islington||Local Authority Support Unit |
|Land use planning||46,463.00||1 April 2004||31 March 2005|
|Islington||Waste and Resources Action |
|Phase 1 and 2||18,918.00 |
|1 April 2004||31 March 2005|
|Islington||LASU DCS||Strategy||52,675.00||1 April 2005||31 March 2006|
|Islington||Household recycling incentives||Estate scheme||45,000.00||1 April 2005||31 March 2006|
My Department is responsible for the Warm Front Scheme, which is the key tool for tackling fuel poverty in the private sector in England. Since its launch in June 2000 it has assisted more than one million households with a range of insulation and heating measures and energy efficiency advice.
The number of households that have been assisted by the Warm Front scheme in Islington South and Finsbury, each year since June 2000 areas follows.
|June 2000 to March 2001||8|
|April 2001 to March 2002||77|
|April 2002 to March 2003||271|
|April 2003 to March 2004||11|
|April 2004 to March 2005||28|
|April 2005 to end February 2006||30|
In general, Defra collects information on a local authority basis rather than a constituency basis so not all information provided in this reply is specific to the Islington South and Finsbury constituency. The information provided reflects a significant proportion of Defra activity in this area, but may not be exhaustive.