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Expenditure: Bournemouth

Volume 468: debated on Monday 26 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much money has been allocated by the Government office of the south west to the Bournemouth area in each of the last five years. (167508)

Most Communities and Local Government funding allocations are decided centrally rather than by Government offices. However Government office for the south-west has had responsibility for administering the £169 million European Social Fund regional programme over the last five years.

Due to the nature of the funding arrangements it is difficult to disaggregate amounts specifically for Bournemouth, because the funding is allocated on the basis of the boundaries used by Learning and Skills Council and Jobcentre Plus which for this area cover Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset. Some projects operate in just one area, some in all three local authority areas and some are regional. Government office has allocated £13.4 million to projects operating across this area over the period. Of this amount £6.4 million has been allocated directly by GOSW and a further £7 million has been allocated to the area through the Learning and Skills Council and Jobcentre Plus.

Specific information on the value of projects in Bournemouth could be provided but would require mapping the detail of individual projects. It would be too costly to obtain information at this level of detail.