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Environment Protection: Finance

Volume 457: debated on Friday 23 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which programmes his Department funds to support local and regional environmental initiatives. (121836)

The majority of Government funding for local and regional environmental initiatives is through the Revenue Support Grant made to local authorities. This covers a number of areas including local environmental quality and waste services.

DEFRA also provides funding to a range of non-departmental public bodies including the Environment Agency, Natural England and Regional Development Agencies.

In addition, a number of specific programmes are directed towards local and regional environmental initiatives. These include:

Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund

Countryside Stewardship

Environmental Stewardship (including Organic Environmental Stewardship)

Environmentally Sensitive Areas

EU co-funded Leader + Programme (assisting rural communities)

Farm Woodland Premium Scheme

Organic Farming Scheme

Reserve Enhancement Scheme

Rural Social and Community Programme

Sustainable Development Fund

Sustainable Development Publicity Budget

Sustainable Food and Farming

Waste Implementation Programme

Waste Regional Support Fund

Wildlife Enhancement Scheme