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Audit Commission: Homes and Communities Agency
11 November 2009
Volume 499
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To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what services the Audit Commission has provided for the (a) Homes and Communities Agency and (b) Tenant Services Authority in the last 12 months; and how much was paid to the Audit Commission in respect of each service. [299205]

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This is an operational matter for the Audit Commission, and I have asked the chief executive of the Audit Commission to write to the hon. Member direct.

Letter from Steve Bundred, dated 11 November 2009:

Parliamentary Question: what services the Audit Commission has provided for the (a) Homes and Communities Agency and (b) Tenant Services Authority in the last 12 months; and how much was paid to the Audit Commission in respect of each service.

Your Parliamentary Question outlined above has been passed to me to reply.

(a) The Audit Commission undertakes work for the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) on the Housing Market Renewal (HMR) programme. There are a number of aspects to the Audit Commission's role in the HMR programme. The Commission undertakes periodic strategic reviews and scrutiny assessments, regular performance monitoring visits, captures and disseminates learning and good practice and produces periodic reports on related issues.

Following the creation of the HCA on 1 December 2008, responsibility for the HMR programme was transferred from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to the HCA. The financial arrangements for undertaking the work remained with DCLG until the start of the 2009/10 financial year. During 2008/09, the Audit Commission was paid £395,000 by DCLG for this work. Up to the end of September 2009, the Audit Commission has been paid £202,500 by the HCA and will receive a further £202,500 for the period from October 2009 to March 2010.

(b) The Audit Commission undertakes work for the Tenant Services Authority (TSA) on the inspection of housing associations. Prior to the creation of the TSA on 1 December 2008, this work was undertaken for DGLG in conjunction with the Housing Corporation. DCLG continued to fund the inspection programme for the remainder of the 2008/09 financial year. During 2008/09, the Audit Commission was paid £1,800,000 by DCLG to undertake housing association inspections.

Since 1 April 2009, the Audit Commission has inspected housing associations for the TSA. Up to the end of September 2009, the Audit Commission has been paid £900,000 by the TSA for this work and will receive a further £900,000 for the period from October 2009 to March 2010.

The Audit Commission is currently undertaking a national study on the satisfaction of tenants of councils and registered social landlords. This work is jointly funded by the Audit Commission and the TSA, with the TSA contributing £35,000.

A copy of this letter will be placed in Hansard.