Towns Fund

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 3rd October 2019.

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Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker Labour, Gedling

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the criteria was for the selection of the 100 places to benefit from the recently announced new Towns Fund.

Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Shadow Minister (Wales)

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Ministerial Statement of 9 September 2019 on Local Government update, HCWS 1830, if he will place in the Library a copy of the selection criteria by which the 100 places invited to develop proposals for town deals were decided.

Photo of Jake Berry Jake Berry Minister of State (Cabinet Office), Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (jointly with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government)

As part of the process of identifying the initial 100 places, towns have been chosen on the basis of a robust selection methodology. This took into account various qualitative and quantitative indicators. These included income deprivation, skills, productivity, EU exit exposure, economic shocks, investment opportunities, and policy alignment.

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