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Margaret Moran: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effect on quality of management and level of property maintenance of rent reductions by registered social landlords in the last three years. 
Mr. Ian Austin: The guideline limits for registered social landlord rent increases under rent restructuring are taken from the previous September's retail price index (RPI) + 0.5 per cent. In addition to applying the guideline limit, RSLs can increase rents by up to an additional £2 per week in order to bring the actual rent charged closer to the target rent level.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions he has had with the Local Government Association on the progress of bids submitted under the Sustainable Communities Act 2007. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: Officials have met with representatives from the Local Government Association, acting as Selector, on a number of occasions in order to co-operate with them as they draw up a shortlist of proposals under the Sustainable Communities Act 2007. The Selector Panel met on 23 October 2009, 11 November 2009 and 20 November 2009 to discuss which proposals should be included on the short-list. The decisions made by the Selector Panel at these meetings are available on the Local Government Association's website. I understand the Selector Panel is due to meet again on 22 December 2009 and is expected to submit the shortlist to the Secretary of State thereafter. The Secretary of State will then consult the Selector and try to reach agreement on which proposals should be implemented. Further discussions on the progress of proposals will take place as part of this process.
Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will rank local authorities in England by the numbers of tenants in temporary accommodation in each local authority area (a) on 2 December 2009, (b) in April 2009, (c) in 2008 and (d) in 2007; how many such tenants there were in each local authority area in each case; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ian Austin: Information about English local housing authorities' actions under the homelessness legislation (Part 7 of the Housing Act 1996) is collected at local authority level, and published by the Department in the quarterly "Statistical Release on Statutory Homelessness", available both in the Library and via the CLG website:
Data collected include the number of households accepted by local housing authorities as eligible for assistance, unintentionally homeless and in priority need, and therefore owed a main homelessness duty (to secure that suitable accommodation is available). If a settled
home is not immediately available, the authority must secure temporary accommodation until a settled home becomes available, and this information is also collected.
The number of households in temporary accommodation in each local authority at the end of each quarter is published in the supplementary table of the "Statutory Homelessness Statistical Release". The equivalent figures for previous years can be found in earlier additions of the Release, accessible from this link:
To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families for each academy where the Government has agreed with sponsors to reduce capital funding contributions how much has been repaid from within the core budget in (a) each financial year to
date, (b) 2009-10 and (c) each year specified in a funding agreement. 
Mr. Coaker [holding answer 7 December 2009]: There are two types of sponsorship payments for academies: traditional procurement and the endowment model. It is for traditional procurement academies that sponsorship payments are a contribution to the capital cost of constructing academy buildings. The amount of cash sponsorship varies according to how many academies a particular sponsor has. The timing for the receipt of payments varies from academy to academy and is agreed as part of the Funding Agreement between the Department and the academy.
The following table lists the academies where we have paid additional costs in lieu of part of a sponsors' contribution. The table shows the total sponsorship pledged for each academy and the amount contributed to date. The contribution from sponsors is broken down into the amount that they have given and the additional costs that were initially paid by the Department and which have subsequently been recovered. The timescale for the recovery of additional costs is agreed individually for each academy.
|Amount recovered by the Department and which counts towards the sponsor's contribution|
|Academy||Total sponsorship pledged||Amount contributed by sponsor||2005-06||2006-07||2007-08||2008-09||2009-10||Total amount recovered by the Department||Total confirmed capital contribution (contributed by sponsor and recovered by the Department)|
|(1) For these multiple academy sponsors, who have already committed £2 million to a number of academy projects, the commitment is for the sponsor to use reasonable endeavours to raise funds. Note: All figures as at 2 December 2009.|
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