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Housing: Low Incomes

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill) of 30 October 2008, Official Report, column 1271W, on housing: low incomes, which programmes (a) will not be proceeded with and (b) will receive reduced funding following the redirection of £300 million from the regional development agency budgets. (252741)

The RDAs are working closely with Government to respond to the current economic challenges. Tough decisions had to be taken over the £300 million budget changes. The Government have also asked RDAs to refocus their budgets to concentrate on support for businesses in their regions. In reshaping its corporate plan for the period ahead, each RDA will be assessing with key partners and regional stakeholders, in the light of their regional economic strategy, how the cuts will impact and how best they can be mitigated and how best to maintain key priorities.