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Wheels to Work

Volume 448: debated on Thursday 6 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will provide future funding for Wheels to Work schemes in Northamptonshire. (79556)

Responsibility for delivering the Countryside Agency's rural economic and social regeneration policies, including transport, now lies with the regional development agencies (RDAs) who will determine where and on what it is appropriate to spend funds.

East Midlands Development Agency (EMDA) has funded two Wheels to Work schemes in Northamptonshire using the funds that were transferred to EMDA from the Countryside Agency. £248,990 of EMDA funding has been allocated over three years (2005-08).

As well as support from the RDAs, ‘Wheels to Work or Learning’ schemes receive funding from local Jobcentre Plus and Connexions offices, Learning and Skills Councils and from local transport authorities. The major source of transport funding in rural areas is local authorities.