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Written Ministerial Statements

Tuesday 5 July 2011

Business, Innovation and Skills

Insolvency Service

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (Mr Edward Davey): I have today agreed to the publication of the Insolvency Service’s Corporate Plan for the period 2011-15.

Over the past 18 months there has been a significant fall in the number of bankruptcies which has driven the number of new compulsory insolvency cases dealt with by the official receiver down from 78,000 cases in 2009-10 to an expected level of 45,000 to 55,000 cases in 2011-12. In response to this, the service has cut its costs principally by reducing its staff complement from 3,200 to 2,100 by May 2010.

While this is a significant reduction in capacity in a relatively short time, I am satisfied that the service will be able to maintain the levels of service that it achieved in 2010-11 and so I have decided that the service’s targets for timeliness, customer satisfaction and efficiency should be maintained at 2010-11 levels. The service will aim to achieve a real-terms reduction in insolvency case administration fees of 2.5% compared to last year.

At the same time as insolvency case numbers have fallen, the average value of assets in bankruptcy estates has also fallen, making the insolvency case administration fee more difficult to recover and putting upward pressure on the service’s bad debt position. In response to this, in 2011-12 the service, working with BIS, will review how it raises and collects the case administration fee and whether it is possible to move to a more effective and lower-risk fee regime which is fair to those affected, relying less on internal cross-subsidy and leading to lower fees overall.

Action will continue to be taken against bankrupts and company directors in respect of financial misconduct or dishonesty and the service will continue to investigate the affairs of companies in the public interest. Since 2009 the service has undertaken a stakeholder satisfaction survey of the level of confidence in its enforcement regime, achieving an overall confidence level of 68% and 64% in the two surveys to date. I have asked the service to explore what drives this confidence level so as to facilitate work towards a return to a 68% confidence level during 2011-12. I have also set a timeliness target in relation to the instigation of disqualification proceedings against company directors in appropriate cases.

I have set the service targets in relation to the timeliness of releasing reports to creditors in insolvency cases, and of processing claims for redundancy payments. I have also asked the service to at least maintain the overall satisfaction levels of its principal customers and users.

The corporate plan will be available from today, 5 July 2011, at:

http://www.insolvency.gov.uk/aboutus/CorporatePlan.pdf. Copies of this document will also be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

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Insolvency Service Published Targets 2010-11 Target 2011-12 Target

Customer Focus


User satisfaction levels as measured through the Agency User Satisfaction Index(1)



Case Administration


Level of real term reduction in fees for insolvency case administration



Percentage of reports issued to creditors within eight weeks


for bankruptcy cases



for company cases





Stakeholder confidence in the Insolvency Service’s enforcement regime



The average time from insolvency order to the instigation of disqualification proceedings in appropriate cases

19 Months

19 Months

Redundancy Payments


Action redundancy payment claims


within 3 weeks



within 6 weeks



(1)This is a combined indicator covering bankruptcy and redundancy cases.

In addition to these targets the service is required to meet Government-wide targets relating to replying to correspondence from Members of both Houses of Parliament, and making payments to suppliers, as follows:

Other Targets 2010-11 Target 2011-12 Target

Reply to correspondence from Members of Parliament within 10 days



Process payments to suppliers within 30 days



The Government have also instructed Departments and agencies to maximise levels of payment of undisputed invoices within eight days.


ECOFIN (12 July 2011)

The Chancellor of the Exchequer (Mr George Osborne): The Economic and Financial Affairs Council will be held in Brussels on 12 July 2011. The following items are on the agenda:

Savings Taxation Directive

The savings directive forms part of the EU’s “good governance in taxation” agenda, which complements G20 efforts to improve international tax co-operation and reflects latest OECD standards on tax transparency. Depending on the progress of negotiations, the Council may hold a further discussion on amendments to the directive, which seek automatic exchange of tax information with the aim of combating cross-border tax fraud. The UK fully supports the aims of the amending directive, and hopes that the EU can move towards an agreement.

Presentation of the Polish Presidency work programme

The Polish presidency will present its ECOFIN work programme for the second half of 2011.

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Follow up to the G20 Deputies meeting in Paris on 8-9 July 2011

Ministers will hold an exchange of views on the main outcomes of the G20 deputies’ meeting, which is scheduled to discuss the following issues of interest to ECOFIN: the global economy and framework for strong, sustainable and balanced growth, reform of the international monetary system, financial regulation and commodities.

Follow-up to the June European Council on 24 June 2011

Council will discuss the outcomes of the European Council, where leaders concluded the first European semester, and welcomed the near completion of the implementation of the comprehensive package of measures it agreed last March to stimulate growth and to strengthen economic governance. The Government achieved their priorities: assurances that the European financial stability mechanism (the EFSM) would not be used for Greece; language that actions taken as a result of the European Banking Authority’s stress tests would be consistent with international standards; and strong language on world trade, Doha, deregulation and the single market.

Bank stress tests

This discussion follows on from the June ECOFIN dinner, and Ministers will hold an exchange of views on the European Banking Authority stress tests, which are due to be published in the first half of July. The focus is likely to be on communicating the results, and how to link the results to the backstops measures put in place by member states to address potential vulnerabilities in their banking systems. The Government believe that it is important to increase confidence in the European banking system through the implementation of coherent and transparent measures to address any vulnerabilities. It is also important to demonstrate the EU’s commitment to medium-term reforms, as agreed internationally, by implementing Basel III in full.

11th Facility for Euro-Mediterranean Investment and Partnership (FEMIP) Ministerial meeting

FEMIP brings together the whole range of services provided by the European Investment Bank to assist the economic development and the integration of the Mediterranean partner countries (Algeria, Egypt, Gaza/West Bank, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria and Tunisia). Ministers will discuss FEMIP’s three-year operational plan (2011-13) and approve its annual report 2010; trust fund activity report 2005-2010 and the way forward; conclusions and follow-up of the 2011 FEMIP conference on the potential of public/private partnerships; and topics for its conferences in 2012.

Tax Policy

The Economic Secretary to the Treasury (Justine Greening): I can announce today that the annual rate of the ring fence expenditure supplement (RFES) for the North sea fiscal regime will be increased from 6% to 10%, following discussions with industry initiated at Budget 2011. This provides extra support for investment in the North sea, including in marginal fields that qualify for the current field allowance, and will also support the ongoing considerations on new categories of field allowance.

In the March Budget, as part of a package of measures to help motorists cope with high petrol prices, the Government announced a fair fuel stabiliser that would

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be funded by higher taxation of the profits from oil and gas companies when oil prices are high. The Government said at that time that they would consider with the oil and gas industry the case for a new category of field that would qualify for field allowance to support investment in marginal fields.

In the course of those discussions with industry, the Government have identified that the ability of a company to benefit fully from the field allowance is dependent on whether a company has sufficient current taxable income against which to off-set expenditure. This is addressed to some extent by the ring fence expenditure supplement, which currently allows companies with insufficient taxable income to uprate losses by 6% for six accounting periods.

The increase to 10% will help ensure existing field allowances work more effectively and equitably to support investment in marginal fields. It also brings RFES in line with the discount rate typically used by the sector.

Increases in the rate of supplement may be made by order. The Government intend to lay the necessary order before the House of Commons in the autumn, with the increase in RFES effective from 1 January 2012.

The OBR will publish the full scorecard costings of this measure over the forecast period at the time of its autumn forecast. Initial estimations are that the change is expected to cost around £50 million a year by the end of the forecast period (2015-16).

The Government will continue to engage with oil and gas companies on the case for new categories of field qualifying for field allowance, and will provide further updates to Parliament in due course.

Communities and Local Government

Fire and Rescue Control Services (England)

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (Robert Neill): Today the Government are publishing their response to the consultation on the future of fire and rescue control services in England announced in my statement to the House of 13 January 2011, Official Report, column 22WS. This followed the closure of the FiReControl project in December 2010.

First I would like to thank all those who responded to the consultation—the Department received 61 responses, including from most fire and rescue authorities and services, by the closing date of 8 April. The great majority of those responding to the consultation believed that improved resilience and efficiency—and the enhanced technology needed to support these—were as important today as when FiReControl began in 2004. Most responding also agreed with the Government’s preferred approach of achieving these objectives now through encouraging increased collaboration—in a locally determined manner—with some Government support. This approach will deliver efficiency and resilience benefits for fire and rescue authorities in the best way for their area, as well as build national resilience through local solutions.

I am announcing today that the Government are making available £81 million for fire and rescue authorities in England to improve the resilience, efficiency and

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technology in their control services. As a guideline, this will provide up to £1.8 million for each authority. Authorities will be invited to submit their plans by 4 November 2011. The plans will be assessed for value for taxpayers’ money and resilience improvements.

In addition, a further £1.8 million will be made available to the fire and rescue sector for initiatives likely to deliver co-ordination and resilience improvements across the fire and rescue services, such as the development of common technical and procedural standards.

I am very grateful to the Local Government Group and the Chief Fire Officers' Association for their co-operation in developing this proposal. They have agreed to be part of the oversight process. Today I will be circulating further guidance, together with a copy of the response document, to all chairs of fire and rescue authorities and chief fire officers. A copy of the response document will be available on the Department for Communities and Local Government website. Copies have been placed in the Library of the House.

Homes and Communities Agency Regulation Committee

The Minister for Housing and Local Government (Grant Shapps): I wish to inform Parliament that Communities and Local Government has obtained approval for an advance from the Contingencies Fund to allow the recruitment and appointment of a chair, with support arrangements, and for the recruitment of committee members, for the reformed Homes and Communities Agency’s (HCA) Regulation Committee ahead of Royal Assent of the Localism Bill, which is currently before Parliament.

Bringing forward this expenditure through a Contingencies Fund advance will enable efficiency savings to be achieved and provide significant reductions in public spending.

The HCA’s Regulation Committee will focus on the economic regulation of the social housing sector. Economic regulation provides investors with necessary assurance that the sector is properly governed and financially viable.

Parliamentary approval for resources of £14,000 for this new service will be sought in a supplementary estimate for Communities and Local Government. Pending that approval, urgent expenditure estimated at £14,000 will be met by repayable cash advances from the Contingencies Fund.

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Animal Health Executive Agency

The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Mr James Paice): The 2010-11 annual report and accounts for the Animal Health Executive agency was laid before Parliament today.

Environment Council

The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Mrs Caroline Spelman): My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change and I represented the UK at the Environment

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Council in Luxembourg on 21 June. Stewart Stevenson, Scottish Minister for Environment and Climate Change, also joined the delegation.

At the beginning of the Council, the presidency presented its progress report on the proposal for a directive on control of major accident hazards involving dangerous substances (“Seveso III”), which highlighted the key issues that remained for discussion during the Polish presidency, in particular: the scope of the directive, the provisions on public information and the inspections regime. The Council noted the progress report.

Ministers agreed Council conclusions on the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020. There was very strong support for the strategy itself, but some debate around whether to endorse the associated targets and actions proposed by the Commission, or to leave these for further discussion. There was general acceptance that the actions needed further discussion, but the Commission and several member states were keen that Council should specifically endorse the targets now, as a means to influence discussions in other fora, such as on the EU budget and CAP reform. Others, notably Denmark and Italy, argued that they should be subject to fuller examination first, to avoid the risk of signing up to something that would not be achieved. I was able to accept language that endorsed the targets, but only if the targets, as well as the actions, took fully into account international agreements. I highlighted the recently published Natural Environment White Paper, the UK National Ecosystem Assessment and the England Biodiversity Strategy. I identified the importance of delivering biodiversity objectives through a reformed CAP. Conclusions were ultimately agreed that endorsed the strategy, considered that the strategy and its targets were a key instrument to enable the EU to reach its overall 2020 target and emphasised the need for further discussion on the actions.

The Council then adopted conclusions on the protection of water resources and integrated sustainable water management in the European Union and beyond. There was an exchange of views on expectations for the upcoming Commission blueprint to safeguard Europe’s water resources to be produced in 2012. I stressed the importance of the protection of water resources and integrated sustainable water management and the need to put in place measures to conserve and make better use of these resources. The forthcoming Commission “fitness check” provided an opportunity to thoroughly review existing EU water legislation to ensure it was effective and fit for purpose and I highlighted the importance of integration of water issues into other policies, notably agriculture. On the issue of water shortage and drought, I emphasised that the importance of these topics does not mean that further EU legislation in this area is necessarily required, as some member states propose.

Over lunch and into the afternoon session Ministers discussed the conclusions on the Commission’s roadmap for moving to a competitive low-carbon economy in 2050. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State called for these to welcome the important analysis in the roadmap; endorse the cost-effective trajectory it sets out including the milestones for 2020, 2030 and 2040; and set a timetable for the Commission to produce further analysis of the policy changes needed to deliver these reductions. Only one member state refused to note the Commission’s finding that a 25% domestic emissions

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reduction in 2020 was on this cost effective pathway, and so discussion ended with the adoption of presidency conclusions reflecting the majority view.

A progress report on the proposal for a regulation on the possibility for member states to restrict or prohibit the cultivation of GMOs in their territory developed into an exchange of views. Those member states which support the proposal strongly endorsed the progress made. The UK and Germany, among others, reiterated our concerns about the impact on the single market and WTO obligations; and the potential negative impact on safe products finding their way to the market. The UK supported proportional and pragmatic regulation on the cultivation of GMOs and while we supported subsidiarity, this should not be at the expense of the single market or the EU WTOs obligations. We encouraged the Commission to ensure the effective operation of the current system.

Under other business France called for an EU management plan for cormorants, the Netherlands for action on nanomaterials, and Denmark spoke on not using credits from industrial gas CDM projects for compliance with the effort sharing decision targets. The incoming Polish presidency outlined its environment priorities: biodiversity; resource efficiency; climate change (adaptation and preparations for the conference in Durban); and, preparations for the UN Rio+20 conference.

Single Payment Scheme

The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Mr James Paice): Thirtieth June marked the end of the regulatory payment window for payments under the 2010 single payment scheme (SPS.) At that point, the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) had paid a total of £1.75 billion to some 103,604 claimants. That leaves a total of some 594 claimants to be paid up to a maximum of £25 million. It is likely that further work will reveal that some of these cases are not eligible for payment and most of the remainder cannot be paid at present due to reasons such as probate.

These figures demonstrate that RPA has succeeded in paying over 99% of eligible claimants within the payment window and met the EU benchmark of 95.238% of the total value of payments to be made, so avoiding the prospect of late payment penalties. This is particularly pleasing given the focus this year on ensuring accuracy of payments in order to begin drawing a line under the legacy of IT and data problems that have dogged the agency since the chaotic implementation of SPS in 2005. Significant progress has been made on legacy data correction activity so providing greater confidence for farmers about their subsequent scheme year payments. Nevertheless, I recognise that a significant number of farmers had to wait longer than usual for the payment, which I regret.

I recognise also that there remains much for the agency to do in terms of making payments to both the remaining 2010 claimants, including top ups to those who received an initial hardship payment, and those who are due additional sums for the 2005-09 schemes. The remaining backlog of potential error cases also needs to be reviewed and overpayments notified to claimants and recovered. This significant volume of work will be undertaken alongside processing of 2011 scheme payments.

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Over the summer, the RPA chief executive, Mark Grimshaw, will be developing a strategic plan for the agency with his new executive team. This will include an evidenced-based review of what the payment timetable for SPS 2011 might look like, to be both challenging and realistic. The plan will be put to the RPA oversight board for approval in the autumn and the final version published soon after. More generally, the board will continue to monitor the agency’s efforts closely to ensure a line is finally drawn under all the legacy data issues over the coming year.

I will continue to keep the House informed on the agency’s progress.


Interpretation and Translation Services

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice (Mr Crispin Blunt): Against a background of the need to make economies right across the public sector I announced, in a written ministerial statement on 15 September 2010, Official Report, column 46WS that the Government were proposing to make changes to the provision of interpretation and translation services across the justice sector to cut the cost and make more efficient provision while safeguarding quality.

In pursuit of that aim the Ministry of Justice conducted a competitive dialogue procurement process to explore how these services could be delivered more efficiently, before taking a decision on the way forward. That process resulted in a proposed framework agreement with a single supplier, under which justice sector organisations could contract for language services as needed. Having sought and taken account of the views of interested parties the Government have decided that a framework agreement is the best way to meet their objectives.

The Ministry of Justice will contract under the framework on behalf of Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service and the National Offender Management Service. Other justice sector organisations, including police forces, have indicated that they intend to sign contracts under the framework agreement as soon as they can. In some cases this will be when pre-existing contracts come to an end.

The framework agreement will deliver significant administrative and financial savings over the current approach. It will do this by introducing market forces into language services provision and providing a single point of contact available to staff at any time of day for the provision of all language services, including interpretation, translation and language services for the deaf and deaf-blind.

Language services will now be booked through various mechanisms including a secure internet portal, telephone or e-mail. This does away with the current time-consuming and inefficient process of making direct telephone contact with each individual interpreter to check their availability for work. A single request will be all that is required, reducing the burden on staff.

Interpreters’ details will be held centrally on a new register maintained by the supplier, which will be freely accessible to the justice sector and legal practitioners.

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The Government have always been clear however that efficiency cannot be at the expense of quality. Clear quality standards specify the qualifications and experience required for interpreters to work in the justice sector. A strict code of conduct sets out the high standard of professional conduct expected of them. A robust, accessible complaints process has also been designed, with effective sanctions to ensure that breaches of these standards are investigated and dealt with proportionately and properly.

The supplier will be obliged under the framework to increase the pool of appropriately qualified, experienced and security cleared interpreters beyond the current limits, and to collect and monitor detailed management information to allow better planning for future needs. Failure to do so will result in the supplier being financially penalised.

Moving over to the framework agreement will result in a more efficient and effective service for the public which is forecast to result in savings of at least £18 million on the current yearly spending in this area of £60 million. It will ensure, through the various benefits it offers, that the Government continue to be able to provide access to efficient, high-quality language services for those in need, while getting value for money on behalf of the public.


Airport Co-ordination (London Olympics)

The Secretary of State for Transport (Mr Philip Hammond): As part of the Government’s strategy to ensure successful delivery of efficient transport services for the 2012 London Olympic games, I am today announcing the introduction of new measures to limit disruption and delay to all flights using airports in the south-east of England during the expected period of peak demand for air services for the games.

The Airports Slot Allocation (Amendment) Regulations 2011, laid before Parliament today, will come into force on 1 August 2011. They will temporarily amend the existing regulations so as to provide new powers to ensure that during the games period the available air space capacity over the south-east of England will be able to accommodate the maximum possible number of extra flights, while minimising the risk of disruption or delay to existing services. These regulations will cease to have effect on 31 December 2012.

In conjunction with the new regulations, and following two rounds of consultation, on 1 August 2011 the Secretary of State for Transport will designate the airports listed below as temporarily co-ordinated until 15 August 2012, but only in respect of slot allocation during the period of 21 July 2012 to 15 August 2012 inclusive. This period corresponds to the anticipated peak demand for air services for the games.

In the south-east of England, Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and London City are already co-ordinated airports. Airports that will additionally be co-ordinated for the Olympics period are: Birmingham airport, Blackbushe airport, Bournemouth airport, Cambridge airport, Chalgrove airport, Coventry airport, Cranfield airport, Damyns Hall aerodrome, Denham aerodrome,

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Dunsfold aerodrome, Duxford airport, Elstree airport, Fairoaks airport, Farnborough airport, Goodwood aerodrome, Lee-on-Solent airport, Leicester airport, London Biggin Hill airport, London Luton airport, London Oxford airport, London Southend airport, Lydd (London Ashford airport), Manston airport, North Weald airfield, Old Sarum airfield, Peterborough Conington airfield, RAF Northolt, Redhill aerodrome, Rochester airport, Shoreham airport, Southampton airport, Stapleford airport, Sywell aerodrome, Thruxton airport, White Waltham airfield, Wycombe air park.

During this period all flights operating in controlled airspace and intending to use a co-ordinated airport will need to obtain, and operate in accordance with, pre-booked take-off or landing slots. Slots will be allocated by Airport Coordination Ltd, the existing UK slot co-ordinator, in accordance with the relevant EU regulation.


Local Sustainable Transport Fund

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport (Norman Baker): I am pleased to announce that the Department is today awarding £155.5 million to support authorities in delivering local economic growth while cutting carbon emissions from transport.

The Department has received 73 bids to tranche one of the local sustainable transport fund from 66 lead authorities. All bids were for small projects requiring less than £5 million funding from DfT. Twelve bids were submitted as “key components” to large projects.

Proposals were assessed against the criteria as published in the “Guidance on the Application Process”, which was published on 19 January. Successful proposals were those judged to perform well against the twin objectives of supporting the local economy and facilitating economic development, and of reducing carbon emissions.

If proposals met these initial criteria, they were also scored on their potential to deliver wider social and economic benefits, to improve safety, to bring about improvements to air quality, or to promote increased levels of physical activity.

Proposals were required to demonstrate financial sustainability with benefits enduring beyond the life of the fund, to incorporate a credible delivery plan, and to include a commitment to make a local contribution towards the overall costs.

In line with the published guidance, an assessment of value for money was undertaken. The Department is confident that the overall package of proposals approved in this first round represents high value for money.

I have decided to fund 39 proposals in this round. Thirty-four proposals will be funded in full and a further five proposals will be funded in part. Thirteen proposals are considered to have potential when scored against the fund criteria, but in my view require further work. Their promoters will be invited to improve their offer and resubmit to the Department in February 2012, or to improve their offer in the context of their large project proposal, where this proposal is shortlisted. The full list of decisions is attached.

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By the deadline of 6 June, the Department received 19 expressions of interest for larger projects (requesting between £5 million and £50 million funding from DfT). I intend to announce at the end of July the shortlist of those authorities invited to prepare a detailed business case for their proposal. Detailed business cases will be submitted to the Department by December 2011. The Department has received 41 expressions of interest for tranche two small project funding, for submission by February 2012. I intend to announce successful projects in this second round in the early summer of 2012.

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I am very pleased that all eligible local authorities across England (with the exception of the Isles of Scilly) have now applied for funding to the local sustainable transport fund, either as a lead bidder, or as a partner authority to a large project. The fund has been well received by local government and I am confident that it will be effective in addressing the two key objectives of supporting growth and cutting carbon.

Projects Approved for Funding
DfT F unding ( 2011-15)

Local Authority

LSTF Project Name


North East





Local Motion



Durham (*)

South Durham embracing Local Motion



Redcar and Cleveland

Get Moving Redcar & Cleveland



Tyne and Wear ITA

An Active Future for Tyne and Wear (Key Component)





North West





Lake District Sustainable Visitor Transport Beacon Area




Facilitating Sustainable Access to Employment in Merseyside (Key Component)



Sefton (*)

Sefton & West Lancashire Visitor Economy Project



Transport for Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester Commuter Cycle Project (Key Component)





Yorkshire and The Humber




South Yorkshire ITA

A sustainable journey to work in South Yorkshire (Key Component)



West Yorkshire ITA through Metro (West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive)

(1) DITA Connecting the Dales

(2) “Getting transport to work”—An initiative to support the sustainable growth of employment in West Yorkshire (Key Component)





Sustainable Transport York—a programme to “reduce carbon emissions, stimulate economic growth through influencing travel behaviour and encouraging modal shift”





East Midlands





Leicester - Fit for Business




Nottingham Urban Area LSTF Key Component Bid (Key Component)





West Midlands





Bike North Birmingham




Brierley Hill Active Travel Partnership (BHATP)




Destination Hereford




Shropshire Sustainable Transport Package



Telford and Wrekin (*)

Telford Future – local action for sustainable growth (Key Component)




Stratford-upon-Avon Local Sustainable Transport Project




Choose how you move 2





East of England









Sustainable Luton Improvement Partnership








Smarter, Active and Sustainable Southend




Lowestoft Local Links




Thurrock Sustainable Travel Choices





South East




Brighton and Hove

Lewes Road Corridor




Hampshire Sustainable Transport Towns



Kent (*)

Growth without Gridlock




The Oxfordshire Arc: Supporting Employment Growth and Accessing Higher Education & Healthcare in Oxford (Key Component)


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Sustainable Access for Reading: Overcoming Barriers & Boundaries




Southampton Sustainable Travel City



Surrey( *)

Surrey TravelSMART (Key Component)





South West




Bristol (in partnership with Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire)

West of England Key Commuter Routes (Key Component)




Breaking the link between economic growth, carbon and congestion




1) Plymouth Connect 2) ITSO Smart Ticketing throughout All South West England

1) 4.330 2) 2.980



SWIFT (Swindon Workplace Initiative for Transport)


(*)Partial funding approved.
Projects Invited to Resubmit Through Tranche 2
Local Authority LSTF Project Name

North East



Middlesbrough Council

Sustainable Middlesbrough


Northumberland County Council

South East Northumberland Sustainable Travel Towns



North West



Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Blackburn with Darwen Connect Programme



East Midlands



Derby City Council (**)

Derby Sustainable Travel


Nottinghamshire County Council

Nottinghamshire sustainable market towns


Rutland County Council

Travel 4 Rutland



West Midlands



Stoke-on-Trent City Council

North Staffordshire Sustainable Transport Package



East of England



Cambridgeshire County Council

Travel for Cambridgeshire


Central Bedfordshire Council

My Journey: Travel Choices for Central Bedfordshire


Norfolk County Council

Connecting Norfolk to Growth



South East



West Sussex County Council

West Sussex Sustainable Travel Towns



South West



Gloucestershire County Council

Cheltenham and Gloucester Sustainable Travel Programme


Somerset County Council

Moving Bridgwater Forward

As a Key Component bidder, Derby will be invited to incorporate their key component package into their Large Project business case if shortlisted. If not shortlisted, Derby will be invited to resubmit to Tranche 2.
Projects Refused Funding
Local Authority LSTF Project Name

North East



Hartlepool Borough Council

Access Hartlepool


Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Stockton Active Travel



North West



Blackpool Council

Jump-starting Blackpool’s sustainable transport future:

-Combating climate change, improving quality of life

-Supporting the local economy, growing sustainable tourism


Cumbria County Council

Cumbria Connected



Yorkshire and The Humber



North Lincolnshire Council

International Gateway Area Wide Travel Plan



East Midlands



Derbyshire County Council

1) Matlock-Buxton Cycle Ring and Connections

2) Sustainable Transport in North East Derbyshire

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Leicester City Council

Bike Club Plus


Northamptonshire County Council

Connecting Northamptonshire



West Midlands



Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

Lets Go Local


Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

Active Sustainable Travel and Road Safety Scheme (A*STARS)


Wolverhampton City Council

Creating Capacity and Connecting Places



East of England



Bedford Borough Council

Access to Bedford


Essex County Council

The Essex Integrated County Towns Smarter Choices Programme


Luton Borough Council

SEMLEP Inter-urban Bus Improvements



South East



Buckinghamshire County Council

1) Smarter Business Travel Solutions

2) Sustainable School Travel Support


Medway Council

Medway gets active!


Milton Keynes Council

Milton Keynes Walking and Cycling Network Improvements, Information Provision and Promotion



South West



Dorset County Council

School Travel Health Check (STHC)


Borough of Poole

Poole Town Centre and Hamworthy Smarter Choices Package