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Regional Planning and Development: Finance

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 14 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the funding arrangements are for (a) regional empowerment consortiums, (b) regional improvement and efficiency partnerships, (c) e-Government regional partnerships and (d) regional equality and diversity partnerships. (204498)

With respect to regional empowerment consortiums, the Secretary of State approved funding in March 2008 to the Community Development Foundation, to support the activities of the National Empowerment Partnership, and in particular Regional Empowerment Consortia in each of the nine English regions, for the period 2008-11. Funding for 2009-10 and 2010-11 is subject to parliamentary approval and satisfactory performance. Grants to individual regional empowerment consortia will be made on receipt of a satisfactory regional action plan.

Regional improvement and efficiency partnerships (RIEPs) are funded using powers in section 31 of the Local Government Act 2003. Grant is paid to a lead authority within each region. The lead authority acts as the accountable body for the grant on behalf of the other authorities which together comprise the REIP. The receiving authorities are as follows:

Gateshead council (North East)

Wigan metropolitan borough council (North West)

Worcestershire county council (West Midlands)

Nottinghamshire county council (East Midlands)

Kent county council (South East)

Dorset county council (South West)

London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham (London)

Norfolk county council (East of England)

Calderdale metropolitan borough council (Yorkshire and Humber).

Communities and Local Government does not provide funding to the e-government regional partnerships or to the regional equality and diversity partnerships.