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Neighbourhood Management/Renewal Schemes

Volume 448: debated on Thursday 29 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the value for money of neighbourhood management schemes. (80999)

The neighbourhood management pathfinder programme is subject to a comprehensive national evaluation. The most recent report (Neighbourhood Renewal Unit Research Report 23) stated that neighbourhood management is capable of delivering better outcomes for deprived areas, and is a valuable tool that deserves to be developed and adopted more widely. Planned future research will address more directly the costs and benefits of the programme, though it should be noted that quantifying the impact of neighbourhood management is made harder because it works by influencing existing service providers rather than delivering and funding new services and projects directly.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding has been provided by the Government for Neighbourhood Renewal projects in the constituency of Bristol, East since the scheme’s inception. (80587)

Over £34,149,397 of Neighbourhood Renewal funding has been spent in the Bristol, East constituency between 1 April 2000 and 31 March 2006.

This is made up of:

Funding stream

Area

Amount (£)

New Deal for Communities

Barton Hill

30,975,000

Neighbourhood Renewal Fund

Easton and Lawrence Hill

2,866,589

Neighbourhood Renewal Fund

Barton Hill

148,444

Community Chest/Community Learning Chest

Easton and Lawrence Hill

123,214

Community Chest/Community Learning Chest

Barton Hill

36,150

Total NR Funding

Bristol, East

34,149,397

The Neighbourhood Renewal Fund allocation above only includes the funding spent on direct neighbourhood projects. In addition to this the area has benefited substantially from city-wide projects, including the £1.35 million city-wide education allocation in 2004-06 and from the £1,036,955 spent on projects working with equalities groups over 2001-06. Funding from the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund has also provided a neighbourhood-based team for the area since 2001.

Future Neighbourhood Renewal Funding

£17,105,237 has been allocated for the area from 1 April 2006 to 31 March 2008. This is made up of £15,277,000 New Deal for Communities Funding and £1,828,237 Neighbourhood Renewal Fund.