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Eco-Towns: Expenditure

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department has spent on its eco-towns initiative to date; under what budget headings such expenditure has been incurred; and what estimate she has made of such expenditure incurred in 2008-09. (255669)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar on 25 November 2008, Official Report, column 1265W. This sets out details about spending on the eco-towns programme, and the following table provides an update on the costs related to technical consultancy and marketing. This is of course ongoing work involving private consultants, and it would not be appropriate to provide further details of the anticipated costs at this time. In terms of costs in relation to the recent judicial review, the Department’s legal costs were awarded to the Secretary of State. Such costs are the subject of agreement between the parties and in the absence of this a judge will decide the amount in a detailed assessment hearing. It is therefore not possible to provide an estimate in advance of this process.

Funding (£)

Sustainability appraisal


Financial assessment


Challenge panel


TCPA work on practical guidance and best practice advice to local authorities and other stakeholders, including running the Eco-towns Expert Group, running events with stakeholders and producing worksheets



Local authority/agency assessments—the Department has agreed to contribute to local authority costs in supporting the assessment process.


Communications—this includes spending on market research, regional media, design work, digital media and public engagement activities.


1 Contract value—this work is not complete

2Contract value so far—this work is not complete

3 The Challenge Panel members were entitled to claim the Government rate of £350 per day when working for the Panel.


5Allocated funding for 2008-09

6Allocated funding for 2008-09

7 Contract value so far—this work is ongoing


All figures for expenditure have been rounded to the nearest 100. However, please note that a large proportion of the overall figure represents contract value, not all of which has been realised (work is still to be completed).