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Community Development: Finance

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 16 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether the £50 million for community cohesion announced in her Department’s press release of 6 October is (a) new additional funding, (b) part of an existing funding stream and (c) replacing an existing funding stream; and over what period the funding will be made available; (157491)

(2) by what criteria allocations will be made to local authorities from the £50 million for community cohesion announced in her Department’s press release of 6 October; and whether the funding will be ring-fenced.

Support for local authorities for community cohesion will rise from £2 million per annum to approximately £50 million over the CSR 2007 period from April 2008 to March 2011.

£20.5 million is new additional funding; £6 million is part of existing funding streams; and £23 million replaces existing funding streams that were due to cease.

The criteria upon which community cohesion related allocations are to be made have yet to be decided upon. Further allocation details will be announced as part of local government settlement in December.

Money will not be ring-fenced and performance will be monitored through the new streamlined Local Government Performance Framework.