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TORIES ATTACK EUROPEAN UNION RULING ON REGENERATION

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The DETR select committee today published a report on the ruling of the European Commission that the Partnership In...
The DETR select committee today published a report on the ruling of the European Commission that the Partnership Investment Programme (PIP), which helps fund the regeneration of derelict sites, is illegal under EU state aid rules(see LGCnet).

Archie Norman, shadow secretary of state for environment, transport and the regions, remarked:

'It is clear that the government were so keen to save face that they failed to confront the real issue that this is an absurd ruling and should have been opposed on principle. This should be nothing to do with the single market or the European Union. Gap funding is simply a practical cost-effective British approach to the British urban problem.

'This government are spending less on urban regeneration than the last

Conservative government, they are falling short of their targets on

brownfield development in our inner cities and now the EU has blocked a good common sense approach to encouraging redevelopment.'

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