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Hansard 12 Jan: Col 104 ...
Hansard 12 Jan: Col 104

About 20% of the new single regeneration budget funds would tackle pockets of need in coastal towns, rural areas and coalfield areas, junior minister Alan Meale told MPs.

The other 80% would support comprehensive regeneration schemes in the most deprived areas, based on the 1988 index of local deprivation.

Gordon Marsden, Labour MP for Blackpool South, welcoming the announcement, said surveys needed to be extremely specialised because in seaside and coastal towns there were often pockets of deprivation in the centre of towns. He also asked government to look favourably and sympathetically to areas of public infrastructure in seaside towns that were not currently eligible for heritage or other forms of lottery grant.
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