HC Deb 09 March 2004 vol 418 cc1442-4W
Ms Oona King

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Best Value Performance Indicator 183 as an indicator of the quality of service offered by local authority homeless services in areas of high demand; and whether BVPI 183 reflects(a) a local authority's current and historic performance and (b) the length of time homeless families with children in areas of high demand are required to spend in bed and breakfast or hostel accommodation; [158551]

(2) if he will list the respondents to the consultation on Best Value Performance Indicator (a) X8, the number of individuals sleeping rough and (b) X9, the number of homeless families with children placed in temporary accommodation; if he will place copies of the responses in the Library; and when he expects to make a decision on their introduction. [158552]

Yvette Cooper

While no assessment has been made which focuses specifically on Best Value Performance Indicator (BVPI) 183's effectiveness in areas of high demand, the BVPI does form part of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's monitoring of all local authorities' provision of homelessness services. The BVPI provides useful information on the average length of time families with children spend in temporary accommodation with shared facilities. BVPI 183 was introduced in 2002–03. From 2004–05, it is proposed that this BVPI will be complemented by two other homelessness indicators, which will record the number of individuals sleeping rough (BVX8) and the number of homeless families with children placed in temporary accommodation (BVX9).

Consultation on the introduction of the two additional Homelessness Best Value Performance Indicators closed on 6 February. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister received 75 responses. A list of the respondents is as follows.

An Order was laid before Parliament on 4 March which will enable the two additional Homelessness Best Value Performance Indicators to come into force from 1 April. I will arrange for copies of the responses to the consultation paper to be made available in the Libraries of the House in due course.

Respondents to the consultation on BVX8 and BVX9:

  • Association of London Government
  • Barnardo's
  • Barnsley metropolitan borough council
  • Basingstoke and Deane borough council
  • Bassettlaw district council
  • Bradford metropolitan district council
  • Breckland district council
  • Brentwood borough council
  • Brighton and Hove city council
  • Bristol city council
  • Broadway
  • Burnley borough council
  • Bury metropolitan borough council
  • Chartered Institute of Housing
  • Cherwell district council
  • Chester city council
  • Corporation of London
  • Cotswold district council
  • Darlington borough council
  • Doncaster metropolitan borough council
  • Dudley metropolitan borough council
  • East Dorset district council
  • East Northamptonshire district council
  • Eastbourne borough council
  • Gateshead metropolitan borough council
  • Gedling borough council
  • Greater London Association
  • Groundswell UK
  • Halton borough council
  • Hambleton district council
  • Hastings borough council
  • Homeless Link
  • Horsham district council
  • Local Government Association
  • London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham
  • London borough of Haringey
  • London borough of Harrow
  • London borough of Hillingdon
  • London borough of Lambeth
  • London borough of Merton
  • London borough of Newham
  • London borough of Redbridge (Officer Response)
  • London borough of Walthamstow
  • London borough of Wandsworth
  • London borough of Westminster
  • Lincoln city council
  • Liverpool city council
  • Manchester city council
  • Mid Beds district council
  • National Audit Office
  • Mid Sussex district council
  • North Hertfordshire district council
  • Penwith district council
  • Portsmouth city council
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  • Royal borough of Kensington and Chelsea
  • Redcar and Cleveland borough council
  • Restormel borough council
  • Rochdale metropolitan borough council
  • Rotherham metropolitan borough council
  • Rushmoor borough council
  • Ryedale district council
  • Salford city council
  • Sandwell metropolitan borough council
  • Selby district council
  • Sheffield city council
  • Shelter
  • Shepway district council
  • South Bedfordshire district council
  • South Holland district council
  • South Oxfordshire district council
  • Stratford on Avon district council
  • Stroud district council
  • Sunderland city council
  • Tonbridge and Mailing borough council
  • Uttlesford district council
  • Warwick district council
  • West Somerset district council
  • Wychavon district council