Departmental Policies

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 30th March 2006.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Labour, Islington South and Finsbury

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.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Rural Affairs, Landscape and Biodiversity), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Rural Affairs, Landscape and Biodiversity)

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

Grant (WPEG)

WPEG 193,470.00 1 April 2005 31 March 2006
Islington Local Authority Support Unit

DCS (LASU)

Land use planning 46,463.00 1 April 2004 31 March 2005
Islington Waste and Resources Action

Programme (WRAP)

Phase 1 and 2 18,918.00

38,599.00

and

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.

Households
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
Total 425

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.

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