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Town Centres: Government Assistance

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether (a) rural villages and (b) market towns are eligible for funding from the Town Centre Initiative Fund. (306833)

Funding for the initiative was allocated by considering areas in England within the top half of the index of multiple deprivation that also had higher shop vacancy rates. We recognise that rural areas have also been affected by the downturn and 30 per cent. of local authorities receiving grants under the recent announcement earlier this month are from rural areas.