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Totnes Transition Town Group

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much funding his Department has provided to Totnes Transition Town Group; over what period this funding is being provided; for what purpose the funding is being provided; and how the effectiveness of the funding will be evaluated. (314079)

[holding answer 28 January 2010]: Totnes Transition Group are being awarded £625,000 of funding, the benefits of which will be delivered mainly in FY 2009-10 and some in FY 2010-11. Totnes Transition Group are receiving this funding as they have been selected to take part in the low carbon communities challenge which is a £10 million Government research project for communities to improve energy efficiency and tackle the wider issue of climate change.

The monitoring and evaluation plan, managed by DECC, has been designed to capture evidence of project impacts and promote community dialogue and shared learning. The primary objective of this is to help inform and shape our policy in relation to the role of communities in delivering the transition to a low carbon economy and share our learning across the UK that will inspire and guide further community-led initiatives.

The evaluation strands consist of the installation of real time displays, survey of households, case studies, co-inquiry and shared learning.