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Care And Repair Projects

Volume 175: debated on Thursday 5 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish (a) the identity of each care and repair project sponsored by his Department, (b) the total annual revenue budget for each year of such projects, (c) the amount of annual contributions to each of these projects made by (i) the Scottish Office and (ii) local authorities, (d) the identity of individuals or organisations appointed by his Department to evaluate the projects, (e) in each case the cost or estimated or tender costs of such evaluations, and (f) the basis on which the persons or organisations appointed to evaluate the projects were selected.

The care and repair initiative in Scotland is funded jointly by the Scottish Development Department and Shelter (Scotland) and is managed by Shelter (Scotland). Eight local schemes have been set up under the initiative. Their locations and starting dates are shown in the table:

LocationStarting date
Skye and LochalshOctober 1987
AberdeenNovember 1987
RenfrewNovember 1987
East LothianDecember 1987
FalkirkJanuary 1988
OrkneyFebruary 1988
GlasgowMarch 1988
ClydesdaleSeptember 1988
On the basis of information supplied to the Scottish Development Department by Shelter (Scotland) the total annual revenue budgets for the projects and for the national co-ordinator's office were as follows:

£

1987–8883,400
1988–89201,000
1989–90220,400

The Scottish Office's contribution to these budgets was as follows:

1987–88 £

1988–89 £

1989–90 £

Skye and Lochalsh4,0009,50014,000
East Lothian5,0007,00013,500
Aberdeen3,5008,50011,500
Renfrew4,5008,0009,000
Falkirk3,5008,50010,000
Orkney2,0009,50010,500
GlasgowNil8,0008,500
ClydesdaleNil4,0008,500
National co-ordinator's office15,00027,50024,000
Total37,50090,500109,500

Details of the amounts contributed by individual local authorities are not held centrally by the Scottish Office.

The current evaluation of the initiative has been sponsored jointly by the Scottish Development Department and Scottish Homes. The work is being carried out by the consultants Price Waterhouse, and is being supervised by an evaluation steering group chaired by Professor Duncan MacLennan of the centre for housing research at Glasgow university. The steering group is made up of representatives from the Scottish Development Department, Scottish Homes, Shelter (Scotland), Age Concern Scotland, COSLA and the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations. The steering group members were appointed by the care and repair initiative national advisory committee. The evaluation is being carried out at a cost of £101,976, funded equally by the Scottish Development Department and Scottish Homes, and the contract was awarded to Price Waterhouse following competitive tendering.