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Scheme Allocation 2007-08 (£ million) Purpose of funding

Neighbourhood Renewal Funding (NRF)


To target resources to improve services in the most disadvantaged areas to narrow the gap between them and the rest of the country.

NRF is prioritised to activities that contribute to the achievement of the Public Service Agreement (PSA) targets within the 4 LLAA Themes:

Children and Young People

Healthier Communities and Older People

Safer and Stronger Communities

Economic Development and Enterprise

Local Enterprise Growth Initiative (LEGI)


To release the economic potential of the most deprived local areas through enterprise, thereby boosting local incomes and employment opportunities and building sustainable communities.

By 2010, the programme aims:

to create over 500 new businesses within areas of greatest disadvantage in Leeds, with two thirds of these started by local residents

to attract 75 new businesses into these areas and provide assistance to help a further 650 existing businesses to develop

in the long term: to stimulate a culture of enterprise, attract investment and create over 1,100 jobs.

Safer and Stronger Communities Fund (SSCF): Neighbourhood Element


The Neighbourhood Element provides funding to improve outcomes for people living in the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods—those that fall within the 3 per cent. most deprived nationally. The funding is targeted to achieve the SSCF outcome: ‘to improve the quality of life for people living in disadvantaged neighbourhoods and to ensure that service providers are more responsive to neighbourhood needs and improve their delivery’.

Key elements of the programme include:-

Dedicated environmental management capacity;

Dedicated community safety capacity linked to Neighbourhood Policing;

Empty property team;

Support for young people and vulnerable families;

Capital resources for problem sites and public realm improvement works;

Neighbourhood Management staff to lead and co-ordinate activity;

Community engagement workers .

Safer and Stronger Communities Fund (SSCF): Cleaner, Safer, Greener


Focussed upon the 3 per cent. most deprived neighbourhood, this funding will support a range of improvement works to deliver:

visible on-street environmental improvements such as repairs to footpaths and highways, enhancing binyards, improving boundary treatments, and enhancing greenspaces;

security measures such as the target hardening of properties vulnerable to burglary, dawn to dusk lighting targeted at areas with high numbers of older residents, gating schemes to provide security and prevent anti-social activities, and the boarding up empty properties;

Activity programmes are based upon a neighbourhood assessment and Neighbourhood Improvement Plans based on meaningful consultation.

Access to Employment; Single Pot Funding


This funding provides targeted support to help BME residents, refugees, migrant workers, claimants aged over 50, lone parents and incapacity benefit recipients into work. Support will be provided through:

job brokerage programmes that better link individuals with recruiting employers;

work to address barriers to the labour market faced by individuals and subsequent support required to assist them;

work with employers to provide employment opportunities for disadvantaged residents in growth sectors that are experiencing recruitment difficulties, including financial and professional services, construction and healthcare;

innovative and pilot activity to develop new methods of working and good practice

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Details can be found on the following websites:

Public Expenditure: Valuation

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will (a) break down by subheading and (b) indicate the purpose of the public expenditure under the heading of valuation services listed on page 37 of her Department's resource accounts for 2006-07 (HC 836). [157466]

John Healey: The purpose of the spending on this line in the resource account is to enable the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) to carry out valuations of properties to form the basis on which council tax and national non domestic rates bills can be calculated.

The sum is used by the VOA to cover salary, accommodation and other costs, the latter including all the information systems, processes, technology and training necessary to support the maintenance of some 25 million entries in the local taxation lists.


Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which localities are zoned as growth areas; and on what date each was designated as such. [157499]

Yvette Cooper: Regional Planning Guidance for London and the rest of the South East (RPG9) in 2000 identified the potential for significant growth in the Thames Gateway, Milton Keynes-South Midlands, Ashford and London-Stansted-Cambridge areas. Following studies into the potential for growth in these areas, the Government confirmed on 18 July 2002 that it would work with regional and local partners in each of these four growth areas to establish where, at what scale, and how quickly growth could be achieved. The Sustainable Communities Plan, ‘Sustainable Communities: Building for the Future’, published on 5 February 2003, announced confirmation of Thames Gateway and the three other growth areas together with funding support and said that working with regional planning bodies and local authorities Government would take forward growth plans for those areas through revisions of regional planning guidance, in the regional planning process.

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what areas are designated as new growth point partnership areas. [157500]

Yvette Cooper: On 24 October 2006, 29 local authorities and partnerships were named as New Growth Points commencing a long-term partnership for growth with Government.

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New growth points

East Midlands

Three cities and three counties

Derby city council, Derbyshire CC, Leicester city council, Leicestershire CC, Nottingham city council, Nottinghamshire CC


South Kesteven DC and Lincolnshire CC


Lincolnshire CC, City of Lincoln council, North Kesteven DC and West Lindsey DC

Newark on Trent

Newark and Sherwood DC

East of England

Haven Gateway

Babergh DC, Colchester BC, Essex CC, Ipswich BC, Suffolk Coastal DC, Suffolk CC, Tendring DC


Norwich City Council, Norfolk CC, Broadland DC, South Norfolk council, the Broads Authority


Breckland council, Thetford Town council, Norfolk CC

South East


Basingstoke and Deane BC


South Oxfordshire DC


Maidstone BC


Oxford city council

Partnership for Urban South Hampshire

East Hampshire DC, Eastleigh BC, Fareham BC, Gosport BC, Hampshire CC, Havant BC, New Forest DC, Portsmouth city council, Southampton city council, Test Valley BC, Winchester DC


Reading BC

Reigate and Banstead

Reigate and Banstead BC

South West

Exeter and East Devon

Exeter city council, East Devon DC and Devon CC


Plymouth city council


The borough of Poole


Swindon BC


Taunton Deane BC and Somerset CC


Torbay council


Carrick DC and Cornwall CC

West of England

Bristol city council, Bath and North East Somerset council, North Somerset council and South Gloucestershire council

West Midlands

Birmingham and Solihull

Birmingham city council and Solihull MBC


Coventry city council


The borough of Telford and Wrekin

East Staffordshire

East Staffordshire BC


Herefordshire council

Shrewsbury and Atcham

Shrewsbury and Atcham BC and Shropshire CC


Worcestershire CC, Worcester city council, Wychavon DC and Malvern Hills DC

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Regional Authorities: Renewable Energy

Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which regional authorities have included a Merton planning rule requiring onsite renewable energy in new developments in their regional spatial strategies. [159367]

Yvette Cooper: All updates of regional spatial strategies provide a supportive framework for using local renewable and low carbon energy in new development. The policies included by regional planning bodies in their draft revisions have varied in their approach including on the expected content of local level plans, technological preference and size of development to which the policy would be applied.

Regional Government

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. member for Beckenham of 25 July 2007, Official Report, column 751W, on regional government, how many full-time equivalent staff in her Department are assisting each of the regional ministers. [157555]

John Healey: At present, there is 1.0 full-time equivalent staff within the Department that is supporting the development of the Regional Minister role. In addition, those providing direct support within each Government office to their respective Regional Minister are as follows:

Full-time equivalent

Right hon. Tessa Jowell MP (London)


Jonathan Shaw MP (South East)


Ben Bradshaw MP (South West)


Barbara Follett MP (East)


Gillian Merron MP (East Midlands)


Liam Byrne MP (West Midlands)


Right hon. Beverley Hughes MP (North West)


Right hon. Nick Brown MP (North East)


Caroline Flint (Yorkshire and the Humber)


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