Stronger Towns Fund: Lancashire

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 18th March 2019.

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Photo of Lord Greaves Lord Greaves Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the £281 million allocated to the North West over seven years under the Stronger Towns Fund will be allocated to Lancashire; how the funding will be phased over the seven years; and how much will be allocated to (1) the County Council, (2) the two Unitary Authorities, and (3) the County Districts.

Photo of Lord Greaves Lord Greaves Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether district councils in two-tier areas will be able to bid for funds from the £600 million pot in the Stronger Towns Fund; and whether town and parish councils will be able to bid for any of this funding where they are the representative body which encompasses a town.

Photo of Lord Greaves Lord Greaves Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether funding from the Stronger Towns Fund could be allocated to schemes for the restoration of railway lines and services, such as the link between the towns of Colne, Earby and Skipton.

Photo of Lord Greaves Lord Greaves Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their definition of a town for the purpose of the Stronger Towns Fund; and what steps they will take to make sure that the relevant towns are involved closely in the decisions over the use of the Fund and in submissions for that part of the Fund for which bids will be invited.

Photo of Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

A prospectus for the Stronger Towns Fund will be published before the summer recess. It will detail the role of local partners, relevant definitions and eligibility criteria. This will also set out the process for the £600 million competitive component of the fund.

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