Reward Grants

6: PERFORMANCE REWARD GRANTS 

So many times have the “SS” denied the existence of adoption targets it is worth repeating again that they did exist and that local authorities greatly profited from them!

Monday, 3 September 2007
Children, Schools and Families
Adoption: StandardsAll Written Answers on 3 Sep 2007

Tim Loughton MP (East Worthing & Shoreham, Conservative)
To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which local authorities have received payments from central Government for achieving adoption target levels; and how much each received in each of the last three years.

John Healey (Minister of State, Department for Communities and Local Government)
I have been asked to reply.

30 local authorities have been rewarded for successfully achieving adoption targets in their local public service agreements (LPSA). The better outcomes and amount of ‘performance reward grant’ (PRG) each has received over the three years 2004/05 to 2006/07 in relation to their performance in these targets is set out in the following table. In addition, 13 local authorities did not achieve the adoption targets in their local PSA and hence received no PRG for this target. One local authority is still to make a claim

Local PSAs—which are negotiated between local authorities and central Government policy departments, facilitated by the DCLG—have helped to incentivise local authorities and partners to provide better public services to their citizens around priorities for improvement locally. Evaluation shows they have been successful in doing this, with real benefits in improved outcomes for local people and communities.

Local PSA adoption and placement targets: payments made to date under local PSAs

Local authority Amount of ‘reward grant’ paid (£)
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

210,173.00

Blackburn with Darwen

307,367.00

Bristol City Council

307,512.00

Buckinghamshire County Council

526,958.00

Bromley (LB)

499,440.00

Camden (LB)

318,916.50

Cheshire County Council

685,134.00

Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council

578,333.00

Durham County Council

502,675.00

Enfield (LB)

244,963.00

Essex County Council

2,469,200.00

Gloucestershire County Council

612,209.00

Greenwich (LB)

580,996.00

Halton Borough Council

153,938.00

Hampshire

1,675,619.00

Hounslow (LB)

165,019.00

Kensington and Chelsea (LB)

339,117.00

Kent County Council

2,156,583.00

Lewisham (LB)

602,854.00

Liverpool City Council

347,404.00

Luton Borough Council

400,027.00

Manchester City Council

984,877.00

Merton Borough Council

358,708.00

Northamptonshire County Council

1,119,115.00

Sheffield City Council

1,025,000.00

Southwark (LB)

435,242.00

St. Helens Metropolitan Borough Council

83,845.00

Wandsworth (LB)

387,627.00

Warwickshire County Council

231,061.00

York City Council

203,620.00

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