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Local Government Finance: East Midlands

Volume 495: debated on Tuesday 30 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what Specified Capital Grant has been provided to each local authority in the East Midlands in each year since 2001; what bids each authority has made to meet its obligation to provide disabled facilities grant in each such year; and if he will make a statement. (282634)

The Government regard the Disabled Facilities Grant programme as an important means to help disabled and older people continue to live as independently as possible by having their homes adapted. That is why the Government have more than doubled the funds available for the programme from £57 million in 1997 to £158 million in 2008. In February 2008 the Government announced the removal of the 60:40 match funding requirement, therefore the 2008-09 planned expenditure table represents central Government’s contribution towards Disabled Facilities Grant.

Local authorities in England report information on the expenditure for Disabled Facilities Grants planned for the next financial year through the annual Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix (HSSA) returns. Expenditure data are available for mandatory Disabled Facilities Grants. Usually expenditure data for discretionary Disabled Facilities Grants has been recorded with other grants and loans and there is no breakdown available.

Expenditure data for mandatory and discretionary Disabled Facilities Grants were reported together for 2001-02. These planned figures are recorded on the HSSA returns for the following financial year. Planned expenditure figures include any payment planned to be paid as an instalment in that financial year.

Specified Capital Grant also includes Private Sector Renewal and Regeneration grant. Allocations of Private Sector Renewal and Regeneration grant can only be provided for the period since 2006. Prior to 2006-07, local authorities were provided with Supported Capital Expenditure allowances for the renewal of private sector housing combined with that for their own stock. Private sector renewal expenditure totals cannot be disaggregated until 2006-07.

A table with this information for the East Midlands has been deposited in the House Library.