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ASSOCIATIONS GIVE MIXED WELCOME TO COMMONS REPORT ON SRB

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Calls from the all-party Commons environment committee for greater openness, consultation, and community involvemen...
Calls from the all-party Commons environment committee for greater openness, consultation, and community involvement in the allocation of the single regeneration budget have been welcomed by the three English local authority associations.

Reacting to the select committee's report on the SRB, John Harman, chair of the associations' urban policy group, said:

'The committee has recommended that the government offices in the regions should consult on regional priorities and ministers should implement this quickly. It will make the SRB less of a lottery and more of a strategic tool.

'But it is disappointing to see that the committee rejected the idea that local authorities should set up SRB co-ordinating groups with other organisations. The proposal would have led to more decisions being taken locally. But the committee is right to press for regional offices to be more open about their priorities.

'Local government is keen to work closely with community groups. Ministers should act on the committee's recommendation that resources are needed to ensure that community and voluntary groups are able to take part in the SRB process.
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