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Inspectors found that the council's previous good performance had been adversely affected by a number of factors including the move of staff to a central location, the loss of staff to a neighbouring authority and the introduction of a new IT system. This has led to a backlog of work. The council recognised these shortfalls and put in place proposals to tackle the backlog and address many of the other problems.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what targets he has accepted through public service agreements with (a) the Isle of Wight council, (b) Lewisham council and (c) Staffordshire county council; and what steps he takes to monitor those targets or audit the quality of information delivered to him as to their performance against those targets. 
A copy of the Local Public Service Agreement with the London borough of Lewisham is in the Library. We are currently finalising an agreement with Staffordshire county council. Negotiation of an agreement with the Isle of Wight council is scheduled to begin on 1 July 2002.
The targets relate to performance at the end of the period of the agreement; agreements normally run for around three years. An authority earns a reward grant for the achievement of its targets, and will provide information to enable the performance on which the grant is based to be verified.
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Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the percentage change in income per income decile after tax as a consequence of changes to direct and indirect taxation from 199899 to 200001. 
Mr. Boateng: The table shows the estimated percentage impact on the net income of UK households of direct and indirect tax and benefit changes introduced over the last Parliament and taking effect by 200102.
|Net income decile||Percentage change in net income|
The estimates are based on Family Expenditure Survey data with incomes and expenditure projected forward to 200102. The decile groups are of all households ranked by net income before housing costs and equivalised using the McClements scale.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date he plans to announce the appointment of the next Deputy Governor of the Bank of England with responsibility for financial stability. 
Ruth Kelly: The term of office of Mr. David Clementi, the Deputy Governor for Financial Stability, runs until 31 August 2002. Mr. Clementi is not seeking reappointment. His successor will be announced in due course.
Mr. Howard: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of fuel duty changes since May 1997 on the tax burden on families in the lowest income quintile; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Boateng: Changes to fuel duties since May 1997 have cost families with children in the lowest income quintile around £30 a year on average in real terms. Personal tax and benefit changes introduced since 1997 have benefited families with children in the lowest income quintile by £2,400 a year on average in real terms.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the projects funded in the first three rounds of the Capital Modernisation Fund; what funding each project has received to date; and if he will make a statement. 
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Mr. Willetts: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 12 April 2002, Official Report, column 336W, on the Budget, what the levels of housing benefit and council tax benefit take-up were in 199798; what the caseload numbers for those receiving family credit were in 199798; what the levels of housing benefit and council tax benefit take-up were in 19992000; what the projected caseload numbers of those receiving WFTC or DPTC are for 200203; and what the projected caseload numbers are for those receiving the new tax credits in 200304. 
Mr. McGrady: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what action will be taken by the Northern Ireland Office in conjunction with the Electoral Office headquarters to inform the electorate in relation to the requirements of the Electoral Fraud (NI) Act 2002; and when this information campaign will commence. 
Mr. Browne: The Electoral Commission, which assumed responsibility for voter education and awareness for the whole of the UK on 1 July 2001, in consultation with the Northern Ireland Office and the Electoral Office, is planning a public awareness campaign in Northern Ireland. It will focus on the changes brought about by the Electoral Fraud (Northern Ireland) Act 2002, in particular voter registration and identification, and will begin in the autumn.
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The Electoral Commission is evaluating the local authority pilot schemes that ran all postal ballots in the May 2002 local and mayoral elections and will provide a detailed assessment of the impact of each scheme to the Deputy Prime Minister by 2 August 2002.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department which organisations which were in receipt of a grant in 199798 no longer are; what the annual saving is; which organisations which were not in receipt of a grant in 199798 now are; and what the annual cost is. 
Yvette Cooper: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, my right hon. Friend the Member for Brent, South (Mr. Boateng), on 17 June 2002, Official Report, column 136W.
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|2 as 1||150,000|
|Totnes Family Partnership||58,000|
|Somerset Family Partnership||50,000|
|Family Matters York||50,000|
|Prisoners Families and Friends Service||12,000|
|The Lesbian and Gay Foundation||48,000|
|Muslim Women's Helpline||20,000|
|The Salvation Army||40,000|
|Aquila Care Trust||88,000|
|Project for Advocacy, Counselling and Education||46,000|
|Basic for Life||34,000|
|The Cogwheel Trust||4,000|
|Poole Community Family Trust||50,000|
|Bristol Community Family Trust||50,000|
(9) Core grant is paid in respect of administration costs of the recipient organisation.
|University of Exeter, School of Psychology||Money management and marital commitment in new couples: An evaluation of the efficacy of the FOCCUS Inventory||43,000|
|Care for the Family||Asian family matters||19,000|
|2 as 1||Development and adaptation of Relate training material||66,000|
|The Minster Centre||Aracas project (domestic violence)||72,000|
|2 as 1||Partnership project (Relate)Generic awareness campaign to promote MARS||120,000|
|Sussex Family Mediation Service||One Stop Shop||26,000|
|The Church of England||Marriage Preparation and Support in the south-east||54,000|
|Brook in Birmingham||Counselling for young couples||39,000|
|The Richmond Centre||Videos are Valuable||38,000|
|Talking Matters||Infrastructure for Marriage Preparation in the Orthodox Jewish Community||24,000|
(10) Programme grant is paid in respect of defined project costs of the recipient organisation.
|African Caribbean Family Mediation Service||89,900|
|Lighthouse Christian Care||29,580|
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