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Mr. McNulty: Between 1 January and 31 March 2002, there were 2,790 households in the South West region accepted by local authorities under statutory homelessness provisions, of which 153 were in the priority need category "vulnerable young person".
The Homelessness Act 2002 will place a statutory requirement on local housing authorities to adopt a strategy for preventing homelessness in their district and ensuring that sufficient accommodation, and any necessary support, is available for people who are, or may become homeless. On 14 March 2002, authorities were invited to submit proposals to the Homelessness Directorate in my Department for funding for local homelessness strategies. 21 authorities in the South West region have submitted bids which are being considered currently.
An Order has been laid for approval by Parliament to extend the groups of people who have a priority need for accommodation under the homelessness legislation. This will ensure that vulnerable homeless people leaving institutions, young people including those leaving care, and people fleeing domestic, racial and other forms of violence get the help they need.
In addition to the funding available for homelessness strategies, £8 million per annum has been provided to local authorities (through the local government finance settlement, with effect from 200102) to implement the Homelessness Act. A further £10 million will be allocated in 200203 to enable authorities to deliver the Priority Need Order.
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Mr. McNulty: Rent Deposit Guarantee Schemes, which combine Deposit schemes and Rent in Advance/ Guarantee Schemes, can be effective in helping homeless households access the private rented sector. The Government fully recognise the valuable and vital service which Rent Deposit Guarantee Schemes can play in tackling homelessness. This is recognised in our recent report, "More than a roof". It is for this reason that we currently fund a number of rent deposit schemes aroundthe country, and we would expect local authorities
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|Revenue support grant||961||708||432||98||300||0|
|Redistributed non-domestic rates||3,254||3,328||3,606||4,006||3,962||4,466|
|Specific and special grants outside AEF|
|Single regeneration budget (SRB)||20||20||18||17||0||0|
|Housing acts urban developments grants to debt changes||0||0||16||0||16||16|
|House renovation grants capital financing specified capital grants (SCG)||0||0||0||0||168||0|
|Total revenue grants||4,235||4,056||4,072||4,121||4,446||4,482|
(5) Revenue figures are from ODPM. OPDM previously within DETR/DTLR
(6) Outturn figures
(7) Budget figures
|Housing revenue account subsidy(9)||2,205||1,915||1,724||4,006||2,717||2,608|
|Disabled facilities grant||90||90||157||162||168||180|
|Private sector renewal grant(10)||78||60||87||0||0||0|
|Starter homes initiative||0||0||0||0||0||450|
(8) The table excludes credit approvals (including those arising from the capital receipts initiative and the cash incentive scheme) as these represent permission to borrow. The financing of debt interest arising from this borrowing is already included in revenue support grant and HRA subsidy.
(9) Increases in 200102 and 200203 due to introduction of major repairs allowance.
(10) Up until 1 April 2000, Government met 60 per cent. of private sector renewal up to annual allocation limit. Since 1 April 2000, provision made within single capital pot.
(11) Figures relating to expenditure by Housing Corporation unavailable.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) district, (b) borough, (c) city, (d) county, (e) town and (f) parish councils do not have access to the internet and world wide web. 
Mr. Raynsford: All district, borough, city and county councils have access to the internet and the world wide web. We do not collect information on internet access relating to town and parish councils.
Mr. Coleman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to ensure that the (a) level and (b) distribution of the Supporting People special grant will ensure that London local authorities receive sufficient resources to meet their identified needs. 
Mr. McNulty: Baseline allocations for 200304 will be based on current spend in 200203, plus an allowance for inflation. ODPM is providing guidance to assist local authorities in identifying current spend. Allocations for 200405 should be derived from the final report of the Supporting People Allocation Formula project, which is due by March 2003. The report will summarise the main features of the funding model, how it has been derived, target allocations and pace of change issues.
Mr. Coleman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on his assessment of the progress of London local authorities with the Supporting People programme in readiness for the launch of that programme. 
Mr. McNulty: Progress of all authorities is monitored regularly by the Implementation team of the Supporting People Programme. Nationally there has been significant progress made, particularly in London, over the last year. A significant number of tasks remain to be delivered by April 2003, however, and close monitoring and support will continue.
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Mr. Coleman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to continue to provide transitional protection to local authorities in England affected by the introduction of the ILD 2000; and if he will continue to provide such relief until findings of the review of the method of determining that index are implemented. 
Mr. McNulty: No decisions on the future on transitional protection have been made as yet. We will consider the implications of the work to explore developing and updating the Indices of Deprivation 2000 on transitional protection during the course of that project.
Mr. Coleman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what funding was (a) provided for concessionary zones in the control total for Environmental, Protective and Cultural Services SSA and (b) received for concessionary zones for the EPCS SSA by each local authority in 200102. 
Mr. Raynsford: An additional £54 million was provided for concessionary fares in 200102, including £8 million already announced in the Spending Review 2000. This funding was distributed using the District Services formula within EPCS. Funding for separate services within the block is not identified.
Mr. Raynsford: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Member for Southampton, Test (Dr. Whitehead) on 1 November 2001, Official Report, column 795W. Further to that answer, having carefully considered the circumstances of Leicester, we decided that it would not be appropriate to direct a mayoral referendum and we understand the Council have now begun operating their new constitution, involving a leader and Cabinet.
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