HC Deb 06 March 2001 vol 364 cc165-6W
Mr. Hilary Benn

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how much local discretionary funding was allocated to each of the Learning and Skills Councils for 2001–02; and what proportion of total funding allocated to each Learning and Skills Council this amount represents. [151667]

Mr. Wicks

There is no single definition of local discretionary funding. After the current transition period, local LSCs will have the decisive role in the allocation to providers of the vast bulk of the LSC's mainstream budgets, including those for further education and work-based training (although prices paid per individual learner will be determined by a national formula).

For a range of other activities which total 10 per cent. to 15 per cent. of LSC overall funds, and for which there will be no national formula, local LSCs will determine both the allocations and the prices paid. One element within that 10 per cent. to 15 per cent. category is the Local Initiatives Fund (LIF), offering maximum flexibility for the local LSC to support local projects which would not otherwise be funded through mainstream programme budgets. The total LIF budget for 2001–02 is £90.3 million, of which almost 90 per cent. has so far been allocated. The table shows initial LIF allocations to local LSCs for 2001–02.

Decisions about the allocation of LSC overall funding to each local LSC have yet to be made by the national LSC. When they have been made, I shall write to my hon. Friend.

Local Initiatives Fund: LLSC initial allocation (December 2000)
LLSC 2001–02
East Midlands
Derbyshire 1,538,498
Nottinghamshire 1,848,478
Lincolnshire and Rutland 858,230
Leicestershire 1,383,212
Northamptonshire 890,796
Norfolk 1,157,665
Cambridgeshire 949,765
Suffolk 894,042
Bedfordshire 815,356
Hertfordshire 1,288,419
Essex 2,057,655
London North 1,875,419
London West 2,279,819
London Central 4,257,799
London East 4,268,075
London South 1,718,457
North East
Northumberland 520,986
Tyne and Wear 2,387,779
County Durham 801,459
Tees Valley 1,518,689
North West
Cumbria 748,602
Lancashire 2,032,225
Greater Merseyside 3,433,319
Greater Manchester 4,276,348
Cheshire and Warrington 1,161,393
South East
Oxford, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire 1,637,128
Bracknell Forest/West Berkshire 1,070,636
Hampshire and Isle of Wight 2,324,637
Surrey 1,143,987
Sussex 1,992,704
Kent and Medway 2,163,569
South West
Devon and Cornwall 2,151,591
Somerset 605,899
Dorset 823,870
Avon 1,365,864
Wiltshire 743,296
Gloucestershire 764,412
West Midlands
Shropshire 602,964
Staffordshire 1,572,865
Black Country 2,335,377
Birmingham and Solihull 2,990,819
Herefordshire and Worcestershire 935,019
Coventry and Warwickshire 1,246,575
Yorks and the Humber
North Yorkshire 929,946
West Yorkshire 3,857,355
South Yorkshire 2,385,990
Humberside 1,693,012

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