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Homes and Communities Agency

Volume 505: debated on Wednesday 10 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many full-time equivalent staff were employed by the Homes and Communities Agency Academy at the most recent date for which figures are available. (316406)

As at the 31 December 2009, the Homes and Communities Agency Academy employed 22.8 full-time equivalent staff.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent on (a) staff, (b) accommodation and (c) administration by the (i) Homes and Communities Agency, (ii) Homes and Communities Agency Academy and (iii) Tenant Services Authority in 2008-09; and how much each such organisation has budgeted for in each such category of expenditure in 2009-10. (316408)

Spend for 2008-09 can be found in the published annual report and accounts of the Homes and Communities Agency and the Tenant Services Authority. The accommodation and administration costs of the academy are contained within the overall costs of the Homes and Communities Agency. Details of the organisations' running costs budget can be found in their corporate plans and it is for the organisations to decide throughout the year how to allocate this budget within their programme sub-heads. Full details of spend for 2009-10 will be available in the 2009-10 annual report and accounts.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Homes and Communities Agency has spent in each region in each year since its inception. (316433)

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) was established from 1 December 2008-09, though it reported in its financial statements 2008-09 on a merger accounting basis with figures covering the full financial year for 2008-09 (so including spend by the Housing Corporation, English Partnerships and also those programmes formerly delivered by the Department, during the earlier part of the year).

Information on HCA's total spending broken down by region and by local authority for 2008-09 is to be published on HCA's website in due course. In addition, spending on social housing grant by the HCA through the national affordable housing programme is already shown for each English region for 2008-09, in the agency's financial statements for 2008-09.

In-year progress in 2009-10 on national affordable housing programme regional allocations made through the continuous market engagement process is reported through quarterly regional investment statements, made available on the relevant regional pages of HCA's website.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Homes and Communities Agency spent on its (a) Decent Homes and Mixed Communities, (b) Growth, (c) Gypsy and Traveller Site Grant, (d) Housing Market Renewal, (e) Thames Gateway Delivery, (f) Place of Change and (g) Vulnerable People programme in 2008-09; and how much it expects to spent on each such programme in 2009-10. (316481)

For items (a) to (f), this information is available in the HCA's annual report and accounts, a copy of which has been placed in the Library of the House, or its corporate plan which is available at:

http://www.homesandcommunities.co.uk/public/documents/HCA_Corporate%20Plan_English.pdf

In respect of Vulnerable People, the Place of Change and Gypsy and Traveller Site Grant programmes are specifically targeted at vulnerable people. The HCA also seeks to support vulnerable and older people through its more general programmes such as the National Affordable Housing Programme, which covers both general needs and specialised and supported housing, and the Property and Regeneration programme.