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Coalfield Communities: Regeneration Measures

Lord Mason of Barnsley asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Whitty: On 1 December 1998 at the second national Coalfields Conference in Peterlee, County Durham, the Deputy Prime Minister announced a 10-year programme to regenerate coalfield communities with an investment package of £354 million over three years. A fuller breakdown of this investment and further steps to be taken are set out in Making the Difference--A new Start for England's Coalfield

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Communities: The Government's Response to the Coalfields Task Force Report.

A further report entitled Making the Difference--A new Start for England's Coalfield Communities: The Coalfields Task Force Report--A Progress Report by the Government was published by the Deputy Prime Minister at the third national Coalfields Conference in Wigan on 18 October. This report sets out progress on delivery of the recommendations of the Coalfields Task Force. Copies of both these documents have been placed in the Library of the House.

Substantial progress has already been made in all coalfields areas, including South Yorkshire, following on from the work and recommendations of the Coalfields Task Force. The Government are determined to maintain that momentum.

Lord Mason of Barnsley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    To what extent the coalfield communities, particularly in South Yorkshire, have benefited from the European Single Regeneration Budget.[HL4290]

Lord Whitty: The Single Regeneration Budget (SRB) provides resources to support regeneration initiatives in England carried out by local partnerships. Its priority is to enhance the quality of life of local people in areas of need by reducing the gap between deprived and other areas, and between different groups.

To date, a total of over £665 million has been allocated to SRB schemes (Rounds 1-5) in the coalfield areas. In South Yorkshire, the following schemes have benefited from the SRB funding:

Name of schemesSRB funding (lifetime) £ million
Rotherham: Shaping Rotherham's Future14.387
Doncaster: Stainforth Estate Action5.349
Barnsley: Developing Stronger Communities46.275
Doncaster: Going for Growth19.612
Rotherham: Eastwood/Oakhill Challenge12.2
Dearne Valley: Building on Achievement3.101
Doncaster: Northern Corridor14.163
Rotherham: Young People Sharing Rotherham7.68
Rotherham: New York Riverside5.72
Dearne Valley: Opportunities for All1.611
Helping Communities Build a Better Future16.5
Total146.598



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