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Local Government Finance: East of England

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 12 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was allocated to each local authority in the east of England under the Growth Fund Awards for 2008-09; what factors were taken into account in determining these sums; and if she will make a statement. (208583)

Details of Growth Fund allocations made to all eligible local authorities or partnerships of local authorities for 2008-09 have been deposited in the Library of the House.

All local authorities or partnerships eligible for funding were invited to bid through the submission of a programme of development during the summer of 2007. Programmes of development are documents that set out local areas’ plans and ambitions for growth, including a trajectory for housing delivery and the infrastructure needed to support it, funding already identified and the extra support needed to deliver.

Funding decisions were based around the assessment of their programmes of development against the key criteria set out in the guidance, with key emphasis on the number of homes to be delivered to 2016 and the scale of the key infrastructure challenges at the location.