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Homes and Communities Agency: Finance

Volume 495: debated on Tuesday 30 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the administration costs of the Homes and Communities Agency and each of its predecessor bodies under each budget sub-heading were in each of the last three years. (270688)

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 administration costs of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and former English Partnerships (EP) and the Academy for Sustainable Communities (ASC) are shown in the following table:

£ million

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

EP

ASC

EP

ASC

EP (8 months)

HCA (4 months)

ASC (12 months)

Staff

29.0

1.0

30.6

1.2

22.2

17.7

1.2

Other staff costs

0.0

0.4

0.0

0.1

0.0

0.0

0.2

Redundancy

0.6

0.0

1.7

0.0

1.0

0.0

0.0

Premises

5.3

0.0

5.3

0.0

4.1

2.1

0.0

Facilities

0.0

0.1

0.0

0.2

0.0

0.0

0.2

Communications

0.6

0.0

0.6

0.0

0.6

0.3

0.0

Printing and records

0.6

0.0

0.7

0.0

1.1

0.4

0.0

Staff welfare

0.3

0.0

0.3

0.0

0.2

0.3

0.0

Office expenses-other

0.4

0.0

0.4

0.0

0.3

0.1

0.0

IT costs

1.6

0.0

1.8

0.0

1.8

1.0

0.1

Communications and PR

1.3

0.0

1.5

0.0

1.3

0.9

0.0

Uninsured losses

0.0

0.0

0.1

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Research/feasibility studies

0.0

0.0

0.1

0.0

0.0

0.1

0.0

Evaluation

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Audit fees

0.2

0.0

0.2

0.0

0.1

0.0

0.0

Recruitment

0.4

0.0

0.3

0.0

0.6

0.2

0.0

Travel and subsistence

2.9

0.1

2.8

0.2

2.5

1.3

0.1

Training

0.9

0.0

1.0

0.1

0.7

0.4

0.0

Professional fees

1.6

0.0

2.3

0.0

2.7

2.2

0.0

Interest paid

0.1

0.0

0.1

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Board

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.1

General

0.0

0.1

0.0

0.1

0.0

0.0

0.2

Total

45.7

1.7

49.5

1.9

39.2

26.9

2.2

Notes:

1. Figures are subject to rounding.

2. Figures for 2008-09 are subject to audit. Figures for the ASC are on a twelve month basis and figures for the final four months have not yet been disaggregated from the HCA costs (four months) as provided.

3. The administration costs for EP for 2007-08 and 2008-09 includes transitional costs which were for the HCA set up. The HCA administration costs for 2008-09 also include an element associated with transition.

4. The administration costs for the ASC are exclusively related to staff, subsistence, facilities. Costs on communications, for example, would be through the ASC programme.

The operating budget for the HCA was calculated on the basis that the HCA inherited the existing operating baselines of its predecessor organisations and programmes with no additional funding being provided (excluding the interim transitional set up costs).

The administration costs of the investment arm of the Housing Corporation could be disaggregated only at disproportionate cost. As a result, the figures shown for 2006-07, 2007-08, and the first eight months in 2008-09, are not directly comparable with the figures provided for the HCA for the last four months of 2008-09.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the administration costs of the predecessors of the Homes and Communities Agency were as a percentage of (a) income and (b) grant-in-aid in each of the last three years. (274862)

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 following table provides the administration costs as a percentage of income and grant in aid for English Partnerships and the Academy for Sustainable Communities between 2005-06 and 2007-08.

Percentage

English partnerships

Academy for sustainable communities1

Year ended 31 March 2006

Administration costs as percentage of income

10

12

Administration costs as percentage of grant in aid

7

n/a

Year ended 31 March 2007

Administration costs as percentage of income

11

28

Administration costs as percentage of grant in aid

15

n/a

Year ended 31 March 2008

Administration costs as percentage of income

11

27

Administration costs as percentage of grant in aid

19

n/a

n/a = Not applicable.

1 The Academy for Sustainable Communities did not receive grant in aid.

It is not possible to disaggregate the figures for the investment arm of the Housing Corporation without incurring disproportionate costs. Figures for the Housing Corporation can be found in its annual report and accounts.