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Council Housing: Finance

Volume 494: debated on Monday 22 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 7 May 2009, Official Report, column 383W, on council housing (1) what the civil service pay band of each member of the Review of Council Housing Finance team is; (281495)

(2) how much has been spent on the Review of Council Housing Finance on (a) salaries, (b) bonuses and (c) expenses for (i) civil servants and (ii) local authority secondees;

(3) which local authority provided a secondee to the review; and what the terms of the secondment are;

(4) what costs related to the Review of Council Housing Finance have been incurred in each of the last three months;

(5) if he will provide a breakdown of the £186,000 spent by the Review of Council Housing Finance on activity other than external research.

The pay bands for civil servants from my Department working on the Review are Grade 5 (Deputy Director), Grade 6, Grade 7, Senior Executive Officer (SEO), Higher Executive Officer (HEO) and Executive Officer. The civil servants from HM Treasury are Range E (which is equivalent to Grades 6 and 7) and Range D (which is equivalent to SEO and HEO). All civil servants are employed and remunerated on standard departmental terms and conditions.

The local authority secondee is on secondment from Sheffield city council. The council is continuing to pay his wages and expenses, which are reimbursed by my Department in respect of time spent working on the review. The secondment is on standard departmental terms and conditions.

The £186,000 that was spent on other activity includes the reimbursement of the secondee's wages and expenses to Sheffield city council. It cannot be broken down without identifying these payments, which would breach data protection principles in respect of the secondee.

The answer of 7 May 2009, Official Report, column 383W, included details of review expenditure to the end of March 2009. Details of costs incurred by the review since then cannot be provided without breaching data protection principles in respect of the secondee from Sheffield city council.