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Regeneration: North West

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which wards and programmes within Sefton have received funding from the Government Office for the North West programmes for (a) capital investment in housing, (b) major repairs allowance, (c) disabled facilities grants, (d) the Working Neighbourhoods Fund Community Empowerment Fund, (e) Community Learning Chest, (f) the Objective 1 Programme, (g) the Community Champions Fund, (h) UK Online, (i) Connexions, (j) Children and Young People, (k) drug and alcohol training, (l) Lifelong Learning Partnerships, (m) renewable energy, (n) Mersey Basin Campaign, (o) building safer communities, (p) Wardens Scheme, (q) small retailer in deprived areas, (r) Partnership Support Development, (s) CCTV, (t) Partnership Support Programme, (u) Target Policing Initiative, (v) prostitution and (w) violence against women. (253342)

Where Government funding is paid to the local authority decisions on how this funding is, or has been distributed within the authority in the past, are made locally. Information on expenditure at ward level is therefore not readily available. Some of the information requested relates to funding programmes which no longer exist, and for which information cannot readily be obtained.

A number of funding streams as follows now form part of the area based grant which has been paid to local authorities since April 2008. Local areas have discretion to use this funding as they see fit to support delivery of local, regional and national priorities in their area, including the achievement of LAA targets. Sefton has received the following funding in 2008-09:

(a) Capital investment in housing—£4,455,000.

(b) Major Repairs Allowance— nil.

(c) Disabled Facilities Grant—£964,000.

(d ) Working Neighbourhoods Fund—£6,225,786—included within the area based grant. The Community Empowerment Fund is now discontinued.

(e) The Community Learning Chest is now discontinued.

(f) Information is not held on levels of European funding at ward level. As the objective 1 programme is Merseyside-wide in scope, a substantial amount of programme-funded activity will be delivered by organisations that have a pan-Merseyside remit. A project based on one particular area will therefore draw beneficiaries and spend money outside its immediate locality. However Sefton will benefit from the £920 million which has been invested through objective 1 since the programme’s outset.

(g) The Community Champions Fund is now discontinued,

(h) UK Online is now discontinued.

(i) Connexions—£2,883,000—included within the area based grant.

(j) The Department for Children, Schools and Families administers a number of grants which are now paid as part of the area based grant as follows:

Grants administered by Department for Children, Schools and Families


School Development Grant


Extended Schools Start-Up Grants


Primary National Strategy—Central Co-ordination


Secondary National Strategy—Central Co-ordination


Secondary National Strategy—Behaviour and Attendance


School Improvement Partners


Educational Health Partnerships


School Travel Advisors


Choice Advisors


School Intervention Grant


14-19 Flexible Funding Pot


Sustainable Travel—General Duty


Extended Rights to Free Transport


Childrens Fund


Childrens Trust Fund


Positive Activities for Young People


Teenage Pregnancy


Childrens Social Care Workforce


Care Matters White Paper


Child Death Review Processes


Young People’s Substance Misuse


Preventing Violence and Extremism Toolkit


(k) The Drug and Alcohol Training Programme is now amalgamated within the Connexions Programme.

(1) Lifelong Learning Partnerships is now administered by the Learning and Skills Council.

(m) The Government office for the north-west administers no funding for renewable energy.

(n) Details on funding for Sefton are not held by the Mersey Basin Campaign.

(o) The Building Safer Communities Programme has now been amalgamated within the Safer Stronger Communities Fund for which Sefton has been allocated £681,316 as part of the area based grant.

(p) The Wardens Scheme is now discontinued.

(q) The Small Retailer in Deprived Areas Programme is now discontinued.

(r) Partnership Support Development is now discontinued.

(s) The CCTV Initiative is now discontinued.

(t) The Partnership Support Programme is now discontinued.

(u) The Target Policing Initiative is now discontinued.

(v) The Government office for the north-west administers no funds in respect of prostitution.

(w) The Violence Against Women programme is now discontinued, but Sefton has been allocated £20,000 this year in respect of independent domestic violence advisers.