HC Deb 03 July 2001 vol 371 c109W
15. Ms Dari Taylor

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what steps the Government are taking to widen access to regeneration finance. [666]

Ms Keeble

The Government's National Strategy for Neighbourhood Renewal sets out a programme to use mainstream funds to combat deprivation and regenerate marginalised neighbourhoods—and there will be increases of over £30 billion to these programmes over the coming three years.

Neighbourhood renewal will focus those resources on combating deprivation and meeting the needs of local people—and local people will have a say in how they are used through Local Strategic Partnerships. We recognise, though, that in the areas with the most severe deprivation extra resources will be needed to kick-start this process. This is why we have introduced the £900 million Neighbourhood Renewal Fund, as well as the Community Chests and Community Empowerment Fund to help local people get involved in the regeneration of their neighbourhoods.