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Working Neighbourhoods Fund

Volume 495: debated on Monday 29 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will make it his policy to distribute the Working Neighbourhoods Fund to those super output areas within the highest 10 per cent. of deprivation. (282632)

Working Neighbourhoods Fund is distributed to local authorities that:

have 20 per cent. or more of their lower super output areas in the most deprived 10 per cent. on the employment domain of the index of multiple deprivation 2007; and/or

have 20 per cent. or more of their lower super output areas in the most deprived 10 per cent. on the overall index of multiple deprivation 2007; and/or

are ranked among the top 50 districts with the highest combined benefit/non-employment rate.

The eligibility criteria were the subject of consultation and were carefully developed to ensure that the available funds provided sufficient resource to make a difference in deprived communities with problems of worklessness.

There are no current plans to change the distribution, and we have announced indicative funding for the 2008-09 to 2010-11 spending period.