To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to his Department's explanatory memorandum to its Supplementary Estimate 2017-18, what assessment he has made of the effect on devolved powers on housing of surrendering £75m for devolution deals in 2017-18.
This funding was earmarked to support devolution deals in England, by providing areas which agreed to establish mayoral combined authorities with a single pot of funding to invest in delivering economic growth. Six mayoral combined authorities had been fully established by the end of the financial year, with Sheffield City Region due to hold mayoral elections in 2018, and a deal announced on a “minded-to” basis with North of Tyne at Autumn Budget 2017.
Where local areas had failed to reach a consensus to take forward devolution negotiations, or had not fully concluded the necessary agreements to transfer powers and budgets, some of this funding was no longer required in this financial year. Surrendering this funding has therefore not had an impact on housing.
The same cannot be said of the £144 million of housing funding and a potential £122 million on regeneration that went unspent in his time as Housing Minister.