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Disability Essex: Buildings

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations she has received on the construction of a new headquarters and training centre for Disability Essex; and if she will make a statement. (201441)

The East of England Development Agency (BEDA) provided initial funding in June 2007 to Disability Essex to enable them to prepare a business case for their new headquarters and training centre which must go through a transparent process in order to secure public money for their projects. A completed capital grant fund application form must be submitted before it can be considered by an independent appraisal panel.

I understand that EEDA have not received the necessary capital grant application form from Disability Essex, and unfortunately the cut-off date has now passed.

It is highly regrettable that Disability Essex did not submit an application in the 10 months since they received a bursary award and prior to the cut off date, but EEDA was required to take a decision as to the basis upon which ‘live’ projects could be taken forward under the circumstances.

However, EEDA will continue to work with Disability Essex, and other organisations in the East of England, to support their major fund-raising activities.