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Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of Margaret Moran Margaret Moran Labour, Luton South

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills which regional development agencies (RDAs) fund social enterprise networks in each county; how much each regional development agency has allocated to such networks in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (Yorkshire and the Humber), Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Local Government) (also in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Regional Economic Development and Co-ordination); (also in the Department for Communities and Local Government)

All nine Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) have funded a regional social enterprise network covering all counties. It will be for individual Regional Development Agencies to consider what funding will be allocated to social enterprise in the future. The following table illustrates the amount of funding each RDA has allocated to social enterprise networks in their region in the last five financial years. RDAs also fund projects which may indirectly support social enterprise networks: we are unable to quantify this support and therefore it is not included in the data.

Funding (£000)
RDA 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09
AWM 0 0 11 318 253
EEDA 62 170 175 160 160
EMDA 1036 1161 535 665 611
LDA 64 0 0 100 207
NWDA(1) 683 945 1541 737 534
ONE 171 200 190 142 0
SEEDA 0 158 179 145 75
South West RDA 288 245 520 398 278
Yorkshire Forward 0 0 26 89 53
(1) NWDA funding for social enterprise programmes is not solely for general network support but includes specifically contracted services and outputs, such as developing procurement opportunities, start ups and growth, developing management skills, training support and promoting awareness of the benefits of social enterprise. It is not possible to isolate the costs of each component. Some programmes include other income such as the European Regional Development Fund.

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