Departmental Public Expenditure

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 6th April 2010.

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Photo of Philip Dunne Philip Dunne Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to which programmes the £500 million of savings identified in the Pre-Budget Report will apply; and whether this sum includes savings from the (a) New Deal for Communities Fund, (b) Working Neighbourhoods Fund, (c) Local Enterprise Growth Initiative, (d) Local Authority Business Growth Incentive Scheme and (e) Housing and Planning Delivery Grant.

Photo of Barbara Follett Barbara Follett Minister of State (the East of England), Regional Affairs, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (the East of England), Department for Communities and Local Government

The Public Value Programme, launched at Budget 2008, has been conducting demanding value for money reviews across at least 50 per cent. of each Department's budget. On the basis of the early findings of the programme, the 2009 pre-Budget report announced £5 billion of savings by 2012-13 through cutting lower value or lower priority spend. CLG's contribution to this figure was £500 million. Budget 2010 announces further details of these savings, including:

Improved targeting of housing growth and regeneration funding, saving £340 million: including £40 million by concluding the new deal for communities, and a further £300 million from rationalising regional development agency regeneration spending, and programmes including the Working Neighbourhoods Fund, the Local Enterprise Growth Initiative and the Housing and Planning Delivery Grant.

Saving at least £35 million in housing benefit costs; ending smaller Communities and Local Government (CLG) funded time-limited communities programmes, saving £25 million; and rationalising other smaller CLG programmes, saving a total of £160 million.

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