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Homes and Communities Agency: Finance

Volume 492: debated on Friday 8 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much was received by the Homes and Communities Agency and its predecessor bodies in asset sales in each of the last five years; and how much grant-in-aid each such body received in each of those years; (270572)

(2) how much was spent by the Homes and Communities Agency and its predecessor bodies on administration in each of the last five years.

The predecessor bodies for the Homes and Communities Agency were English Partnerships, the investment arm of the Housing Corporation, and the Academy for Sustainable Communities. A range of departmental programmes also transferred to the Agency from Communities and Local Government.

For the years 2004-05 to 2007-08 inclusive, figures for (i) asset sales receipts, (ii) grant in aid received, and (iii) spend on administration for English Partnerships and the Housing Corporation can be found in their published annual report and accounts each year.

With regard to the Academy for Sustainable Communities (which did not come into being until 2005-06), asset sales receipts were consolidated within the annual report and accounts of its parent organisation, Yorkshire Forward. The Academy was not funded on a grant in aid basis. Spend on administration (including staff costs, rent, rates, travel and marketing) by the Academy was as follows:

Amount (£ million)

2005-06

0.2

2006-07

1.7

2007-08

1.9

2008-09

2.2

Figures for the HCA will be published in its annual report and accounts 2008-09. Figures for 2008-09 for English Partnerships and the Housing Corporation will appear in what will be their final annual reports and accounts in light of their wind up.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many asset sales by the Homes and Communities Agency and its predecessor bodies involved receipts of (a) between £500,000 and £750,000, (b) between £750,000 and £1 million and (c) over £1 million in each of the last five years; how much was received in each case; and how many such sales involved the disposal of assets (i) purchased, (ii) developed and (iii) improved with public funds. (270574)

The predecessor bodies of the Homes and Communities Agency were English Partnerships, the investment arm of the Housing Corporation, and the Academy for Sustainable Communities. A range of departmental programmes also transferred to the Agency from Communities and Local Government.

The following table shows the number of development asset sales by the Homes and Communities Agency and its predecessor bodies over the last five years and the total amount received for those receipts in the categories shown.

(a) Between £0.5 million and £0.75 million

(b) Between £0.75 million and £1 million

(c) Over £1 million

2004-05

Number

20

16

39

Amount received (£ million)

13.3

13.6

112.3

2005-06

Number

8

11

38

Amount received (£ million)

4.9

9.0

337.7

2006-07

Number

6

7

42

Amount received (£ million)

3.8

6.0

313.3

2007-08

Number

6

6

39

Amount received (£ million)

3.8

5.4

313.8

2008-09

Number

6

9

28

Audited information is not yet available for the amount received in 2008-09.

The answer to the latter part of the question could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what losses attributable to overpayments of (a) grants and (b) subsidies the Homes and Communities Agency and its predecessor bodies incurred in each of the last five years. (270602)

The predecessor bodies for the Homes and Communities Agency were English Partnerships, the investment arm of the Housing Corporation, and the Academy for Sustainable Communities. A range of departmental programmes also transferred to the agency from Communities and Local Government.

The HCA and its predecessor bodies did not incur any losses through the overpayment of grant over the last five years.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the agreed administration budget for the Homes and Communities Agency and its predecessor bodies was in each of the last five years. (270606)

The predecessor bodies for the Homes and Communities Agency were English Partnerships, the investment arm of the Housing Corporation, and the Academy for Sustainable Communities. A range of departmental programmes also transferred to the agency from Communities and Local Government.

The agreed administration budget for the Homes and Communities Agency, English Partnerships and the Academy for Sustainable Communities at the start of each financial year from 2005-06 onwards is shown in the table.

£ million

English Partnerships

Homes and Communities Agency1

Academy for Sustainable Communities2

2005-06

47

2006-07

48

2

2007-08

51

2

2008-09

86

2009-10

86

1 The Homes and Communities Agency was established on 1 December 2008 and the figure for 2008-09 is provided on merger accounting principles, ie as if the HCA existed from the start of the financial year.

2 The Academy for Sustainable Communities was established during 2005 and figures are not available for this year.

Note:

Figures are rounded to the nearest million

It is not possible to disaggregate the administration budget for the investment arm of the Housing Corporation without incurring disproportionate costs.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent by the (a) Tenant Services Authority and (b) the Homes and Communities Agency and its predecessor bodies on information technology projects in each of the last five years; and how many such projects cost in excess of £1 million. (270607)

The predecessor bodies for the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) were English Partnerships, the investment arm of the Housing Corporation, and the Academy for Sustainable Communities. A range of departmental programmes also transferred to the agency from Communities and Local Government.

A table showing information technology (IT) projects expenditure in each of the last five years for the Tenants Services Authority (TSA), the Homes and Communities Agency and its predecessor bodies is as follows;

£ million2004-052005-062006-072007-082008-09TotalHCA1————3.2993.299English Partnerships2.0552.0031.6671.953—7.678Tenant Service Authority2————1.9741.974Housing Corporation1.5672.0541.5323.336—8.489Academy for Sustainable Communities3—0.0510.1360.1670.0960.45 1 The HCA came into existence on 1 December 2008. The figure for 2008-09 includes that of the former English Partnerships.2 The Tenant Services Authority came into existence on 1 December 2008. The figure for 2008-09 includes that of the former Housing Corporation. It is not possible to disaggregate the IT projects of former Housing Corporation for 2008-09 between those that transferred to the HCA and those that transferred to the TSA.3 The Academy for Sustainable Communities was set up in 2005, hence figures for 2004-05 are not available.

During the period 2006-07 to 2007-08 a total of £1.170 million (included in the above figures for the Housing Corporation) was spent on a project to deliver a programme management information system for the capital investment programme (grant regime for registered social landlords (RSLs).

During the period 2007-08 and 2008-09 a total of £2.269 million (included in the above figures for the Housing Corporation and Tenant Services Authority) was spent on a project to provide the hosting of the Housing Corporation’s IT infrastructure for a contract period of up to five years. This was the set up costs which included servers, PCs, a disaster recovery facility, transition from the old provider and project management. The annual cost of hosting this is £1.9 million per annum from January 2008.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the monetary value of ex-gratia payments made to the Homes and Communities Agency and its predecessor bodies was in each of the last five years. (270608)

The predecessor bodies for the Homes and Communities Agency were English Partnerships, the investment arm of the Housing Corporation, and the Academy for Sustainable Communities. A range of departmental programmes also transferred to the agency from Communities and Local Government.

No ex-gratia payments have been made to the HCA and its predecessor bodies in the last five years.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost of each (a) study and (b) review commissioned by the Homes and Communities Agency and its predecessors was in each of the last five years. (272508)

The Homes and Communities Agency does not hold information in these distinct categories, nor did its predecessor bodies. The information requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost.