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Housing: Repairs and Maintenance

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether Supporting People agencies have powers to commission home improvement agencies through competitive tendering. (127546)

Individual administering authorities are responsible for the local delivery of Supporting People services. The way in which they do this is a matter for them in accordance with the local needs and priorities set out in their Supporting People five-year strategy.

Administering authorities have the discretion to enter into contracts with providers through competitive tendering for the provision of home improvement agency services but they are not obliged to do so. In some cases, administering authorities provide these services on an in-house basis.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the budget was of each Supporting People Agency in each of the last three years. (127547)

Communities and Local Government (CLG) allocate Supporting People funding to 150 administering authorities and not to an agency. Administering authorities have responsibility for developing, delivering and monitoring the Supporting People programme locally based on local needs and priorities set out in their Supporting People five-year strategy.

Funding allocations to individual authorities in 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07 are published on the Supporting People website at www.spkweb.org.uk All administering authorities also receive an administration grant from CLG, which contributes towards the cost of running (for example, data collection and maintaining an effective IT system) the Supporting People programme.