[holding answer 13 June 2006]: Through the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund my Department is supporting projects that contribute towards cultural activities in Coventry. They include:
‘Coventry Fusion’: £486,000—Preventative programmes to reduce crime, the fear of crime and antisocial behaviour. The project will deliver activity and diversionary programmes to children and young people.
‘Lady Godiva Half Marathon’: £50,000—To continue to establish the half marathon event as a flagship initiative with the aim of promoting exercise in general, particularly in priority neighbourhoods. It will also look to broaden the diversity of participants.
‘One Body, One Life’: £300,000—The project delivers a health programme for children, young people and families. The programme will be targeted at 1,000 individuals.
‘Coventry—let’s walk’: £200,000—The project aims to develop a co-ordinated programme of activities around walks.
Coventry New Deal for Communities Partnership, is part of the Coventry Partnership and is a priority neighbourhood within the Coventry Partnership.
The NDC has also funded a number of projects that contribute towards the delivery of the cultural strategy albeit in the NDC area only. These include the provision of additional sport and recreation areas, leisure activities programmes, community music facilities, dance and theatre productions, totalling some £2.6 million in grant aid.
In addition, general Government support for local services, including cultural activity, is provided through the unhypothecated formula grant. Coventry receives increases in formula grant of 2.4 per cent. in 2006-07 and 4.0 per cent. in 2007-08.