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Safer and Stronger Communities Fund

Volume 451: debated on Tuesday 7 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding has been made available for (a) England, (b) the West Midlands and (c) Stoke-on-Trent via the Safer and Stronger Communities Fund. (98581)

A total of £233.52 million has been made available through the Safer and Stronger Communities Fund for 2006-07.

The West Midlands region has a combined funding of £21.87 million for 2006-07.

The funding allocation for Stoke on Trent for 2006-07 is £2.07 million.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she is taking to ensure that the areas which are most in need will benefit from the Safer and Stronger Communities Fund; and if she will make a statement. (98582)

The Safer and Stronger Communities Fund was introduced for all local authorities in England on 1 April 2005. The Fund was a new way of administering a number of Department for Communities and Local Government and Home Office funding streams that have a common theme; tackling crime, antisocial behaviour and, the harm caused by illegal drugs, improving the poor condition of public spaces, and improving the quality of life for people living in disadvantaged neighbourhoods where the issues are more prevalent.

The Safer and Stronger Communities Fund is designed to allow local partners more flexibility in deciding how programmes are delivered to local communities, and to reduce the bureaucracy associated with multiple funding streams. The Fund has been incorporated into the safer and stronger communities block of local area agreements.