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Community Development: Finance

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what method his Department used to determine the (a) wards and (b) local authorities to receive funding from the first wave of its Connecting Communities programme. (294882)

Neighbourhoods have been identified by examining a range of hard and soft data around cohesion, deprivation and crime, perceived unfairness in the allocation of resources and feedback from people working locally. Over 100 authorities have now indicated interest in being part of Connecting Communities. The first 27 areas across 21 local authorities announced on 14 October are those that have a good understanding of what they want to do and are ready to start work immediately. Discussions are continuing with another 80 local authorities that should be ready to go live later this year.