HC Deb 15 July 2003 vol 409 cc288-9W
Mr. Gordon Prentice

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what policies(a) initiated and (b) managed by his Department since 2001 have had an impact on Pendle; and if he will make a statement. [124091]

Yvette Cooper

The principal kinds of funding which this department has provided to Pendle since 2001 are tabled.

Yvette Cooper

Due to the nature of the grants it is difficult to break down allocated funds to specific wards. Here are the programmes that have received funding:

  1. (a) £4.852 million (2003–4).
  2. (b) £7.37 million (2002–03), £7.191 million (2003–04).
  3. (c) £713,000 (2002–03), £720,000 (2003–04).

All the above can be borough wide. Major repairs allowance is only for use on local authority stock.

  1. (d) £12.671 million (2001–04), £16,893 (2004–06)—Neighbourhood Renewal Fund is not prescribed, but intended for spend in the most deprived wards.
  2. (e) £435,423 (2001–04), £290,282 (2004–06) for use to set up a borough-wide community network.
  3. (f) £651,015 (2001–04), £657,050 (2004–06) Community Chest.
  4. £128,996 (2001–04), £154,796 (2004–06) Community Learning Chests.
  5. (g) The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister does not hold information on levels of European funding at ward level. Also, as the Objective One programme is Merseyside-wide in scope, a substantial amount of programme-funded activity will be delivered by organisations that have a pan-Merseyside remit. A project based in one particular area (often at the organisations head office) will therefore draw beneficiaries, or have benefits, and spend money outside 289W its immediate locality. However, Sefton will benefit from the £160 million invested through Objective One in Merseyside in 2002.
  6. (h) Areas that receive Objective One monies are not eligible for either Objective Two or Objective Three funding, therefore, it is nil return.
  7. (i) See above.
  8. (j) There are seven Community Champions receiving a total of £7,257.09.

Current Community Champions include:

Colette Sheerin Oscroft, No. 35—£416; Tony Roberts, No. 63—£1,000; Ian Mackinson, No. 65—£180; Margi Robinson, No. 73 —£1,209.82; Mary French, No. 74— £457.50; John Cunningham, No. 76—£2,000; Eileen Green, No. 100—£1,993.77.

  1. (k) Nil return. Sefton does not receive Pathfinder Young CC as they are not an eligible area. DfES ran a national competitive bidding process which Sefton did not enter.
  2. (l) £500 in 2000 to help the local authority with Local Agenda 21 issues.
  3. (m) Between 1998 and 2002, Government Office for the North West employed an energy and environmental adviser who visited 87 businesses in the Sefton area promoting environmental management and resource efficiency. This cost GONW approximately £9,000.
  4. (n) Sefton has been awarded £298,500 (2003–4).
  5. (o) There are no Wardens Schemes being managed by GONW in Sefton at present.
  6. (p) £21,000 (2001–02), £29,000 2002–03, £29,000 2003–04. Match funding has also been obtained for all three years from the South Sefton Partnership and all South Sefton wards have been benefited.
  7. (q) £50,000 awarded for the years 2001–03.
  8. (r) Allocated on a regional level for 2002–03. Awarded six days consultancy to Sefton CDRP to develop a partnership—Training Needs.