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Departmental Public Expenditure

Volume 508: debated on Monday 29 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding under each programme to improve (a) levels of employment, (b) levels of income, (c) health levels, (d) educational achievement, (d) the living environment, (e) crime levels and (f) access to housing and services his Department allocated to each London borough in each year since 2000; and what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of that funding in each case. (323773)

Improvements to the outcomes listed in parts (a) to (e) are encompassed within the aims of the Department’s area-based programmes. In line with devolutionary principles, many of the funding arrangements allow for local flexibility in identifying priorities within the local authority area.

The main area-based programmes which have allocated funding to London boroughs since 2000 are:

Safer and Stronger Communities Fund, comprising: Neighbourhood Element and Cleaner, Safer, Greener Element

Liveability Fund

Neighbourhood Renewal Fund

New Deal for Communities

Local Enterprise Growth Initiative

Working Neighbourhoods Fund

Thames Gateway Programme

Inspiring Communities Grant.

Funding allocated from these programmes to London authorities is included in tables 1 to 6 which have been laid in the Library of the House.

(f) The main programmes which seek to improve access to housing in London boroughs include:

Choice Based Letting

The Homes and Communities Agency's Affordable Housing Programme

The Supporting People programme.

Funding information for these programmes is included in tables 7 to 10 which have been laid in the Library of the House.

Evaluation of the effectiveness of funding for programmes under (a) to (f) have not been conducted at the local authority level. Completed national level evaluations are available from the Department’s website.