Business Links: Expenditure

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 15th July 2010.

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Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey Conservative, Wirral West

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding his Department allocated to Business Link in each of the last three years.

Photo of Mark Prisk Mark Prisk The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

In 2005, responsibility for managing Business Link face-to-face services was transferred to the RDAs. The previous budget used to deliver Business Link services was added to the Department's contribution towards the RDA "Single-Pot". This allows the regions to draw down as much or as little funding as they see fit to deliver the service in their areas.

Over the last three years, the RDAs have allocated the following budgets to their Business Link providers:

BL funding over period 2007/10( 1)
£ million
2007/08 2008/09 2009/10
NWRDA 14.1 16.5 19.7
NERDA 12.9 12.9 19.1
AWM 22.8 35.2 16.7
EMDA 13.0 13.7 14.6
EEDA 15.8 16.0 14.5
Y&H 13.0 13.0 15.7
LDA 19.4 26.7 17.0
SWRDA 19.6 19.9 13.6
SEEDA 24.0 24.0 22.7
Total 154.6 177.9 153.6

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