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Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund
25 November 2009
Volume 501
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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much money from the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund (a) was allocated to each local authority in 2008-09 and (b) has been so allocated in 2009-10; whether his Department keeps a record of the purposes to which such funding is put; and what assessment he has made of the (i) past and (ii) future use of such monies in accordance with the objectives set for the fund. [301347]

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In total, £3 million from the Aggregate Levy Sustainability Fund (ALSF) has been allocated to local authorities in each financial year of 2008-09 and 2009-10. The funding was allocated to the 18 local authorities with the highest aggregates production, in proportion to production levels in each of those authorities. A full breakdown is provided in the following table.

Local authority

£000

Somerset

330

Derbyshire

330

Leicestershire

330

North Yorkshire

308

Staffordshire

210

Cumbria

150

Lancashire

143

Devon

120

Essex

112

Lincolnshire

107

Durham

107

Doncaster

107

Shropshire

107

Cornwall

107

Nottinghamshire

107

Gloucestershire

107

North Somerset

107

South Gloucestershire

107

In addition, £500,000 was allocated in each year to ACRE (Action for Communities in Rural England) to support projects in the remaining local authority areas.

Funds are provided to local authorities via an area-based grant which gives them freedom over how to spend money locally. There is no requirement for local authorities to report directly to DEFRA, but some, including Derbyshire, do put data about their projects onto DEFRA's ALSF database. Reports reviewing ALSF, including local authority funding, were undertaken in 2003 and 2006 and a further review is planned for early 2010.