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Housing and Regeneration Act 2008

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Section 24 - Power to charge for certain activities

51.The HCA can charge a reasonable amount for information services, advice, education and training, and support services. The intention is to limit the amount that may be charged so that it does not exceed the costs incurred in providing the services.

Section 25 - Directions as to surplus funds

52.If the Secretary of State considers that the HCA or any of its subsidiaries has surplus capital, either on capital or revenue account, the Secretary of State may (following consultation with the HCA) direct it to pay such sums as specified (not exceeding the amount of surplus) to the Secretary of State.

53.The Secretary of State may decide to treat the whole or part of any payment as part repayment of the principal of any loans borrowed from the Secretary of State under Section 21.

Section 26 - Duty to act as agent in respect of regeneration and development

54.The HCA may be appointed to act as agent for the Secretary of State for the purpose of giving financial assistance to regeneration and development activities, under sections 126 to 128 of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996. If so appointed, the HCA will be bound to act in accordance with the terms and conditions of the appointment, as set out by the Secretary of State.

Section 27 - Duty to act as agent in respect of derelict land etc.

55.The HCA may be appointed to act as the Secretary of State’s agent in connection with specified derelict land functions. This may include providing grant for reclaiming, improving or bringing such land back into use. The Secretary of State may specify the terms and conditions of this appointment and the HCA must act in accordance with those terms and conditions.

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