Working Neighbourhoods Fund

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 21st June 2010.

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Photo of Iain Wright Iain Wright Shadow Minister (14-19 Reform and Apprenticeships)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 10 June 2010 on local government savings package, on what basis he has concluded that there is only limited evidence the Working Neighbourhood Fund has been effective.

Photo of Bob Neill Bob Neill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

We are unable to prove the effectiveness of Working Neighbourhoods Fund (WNF) because there is little or no evidence on the outputs/outcomes associated with the fund. WNF is paid as part of the area-based grant. The fact that the fund is un-ringfenced means that outputs/outcomes are not monitored; and hence we are unable to evaluate its impact.

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