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Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnerships

Volume 506: debated on Tuesday 2 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much collaborative procurement spending was directed through the Regional Efficiency Improvement Partnership in the latest period for which figures are available; (319112)

(2) how much central funding is planned to be provided to each Regional Efficiency Improvement Partnership in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12.

In 2009-10, core funding for each of the nine Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnerships (RIEPs) was:

Region

Core funding (£ million)

East of England

7.952

East Midlands

7.159

London

7.699

North East

5.674

North West

8.036

South East

9.707

South West

7.665

West Midlands

7.193

Yorkshire and Humber

6.416

Total

67.5

Indicative core funding for each RIEP in 2010-11 is the same as for 2009-10; the decision on whether to confirm these indicative allocations will be announced shortly. No decisions have been taken yet regarding core funding in 2011-12.

Core funding is intended to enable RIEPs to meet their objectives to support the successful delivery of local area agreements and achievement of councils’ £5.5 billion efficiency target by March 2011. An important activity to meet these objectives will be the promotion of collaborative procurement opportunities among local authorities. Core funding is not ring-fenced, so the decision on how much of it is to be used for this purpose is for individual RIEPs to make.

RIEPs also receive grants from government departments to support specific activities; for example, in 2009-10, they shared £31.706 million from this Department's Efficiency and Transformation Fund to use in support of capital projects that aim to deliver public services in more customer-focused and efficient ways.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many staff work for each Regional Improvement Efficiency Partnership. (319271)