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Liveability

Volume 412: debated on Friday 11 April 2003

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To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what (a) guidance, (b) memoranda, (c) reports and (d) consultations his Department has (i) published and (ii) prepared on liveability.[107987]

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has published the following reports:

"Living Places-Cleaner, Safer, Greener", which sets out the conclusions of the Cross-Cutting Review on Improving Public Space and the Government's response to the recommendations of the Urban Green Spaces Taskforce (October 2002). The "Literature Review of Public Space and Local Environments for the Cross Cutting Review Final Report" is also available from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's website at www.odpm.gov.uk.
"Sustainable Communities—Building for the Future", which announced £201 million over the next three years to help deliver on liveability and local environment issues (February 2003).
"Planning Policy Guidance Note 17: Planning for Open Space, Sport" and Recreation (July 2002) and "Assessing Needs and Opportunities: A Companion Guide to PPG17" (September 2002).

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions he has had with representatives of the voluntary sector with regard to the liveability agenda. [107988]

Representatives from the voluntary sector were involved in developing the liveability agenda through their membership of the Urban Green Spaces Taskforce and through their involvement in the Cross-Cutting Review on Improving Public Space.

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to involve local Agenda 21 groups with liveability policies. [107991]

In taking forward the liveability agenda the Government's aim is to engage with all local groups with an interest in improving the quality of their local environment.

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what definition of the term liveability his Department uses. [107992]

Liveability is about building stronger local communities and enhancing quality of life through action to improve the quality of local environments and the places where people live.

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress has been made by the Community Enablers Scheme for direct community action to improve local liveability. [107993]

"Sustainable communities: building for the future" announced £30 million for the Community Enablers' Scheme over three years. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is currently finalising the business plan for delivering the scheme with Groundwork, who will be responsible for its management. The Scheme will be open for applications from community groups in May this year.