Nearly £4 million is to be invested in to West Lancashire over the next four years. The Labour government, through the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, has awarded West Lancashire monies from the Safer, Stronger Communities Fund.
The funding is comprised of two different pots of funding under the Safer Stronger Communities Fund.
(a) Neighbourhood Element is £1,600,000 over 2006-10
(b) Cleaner, Safer and Greener Element of £2,100,000 over 2006-08
West Lancashire Local Strategic Partnership is the designated agency for administering this money.
Rosie Cooper MP on hearing the news said:
“This is fantastic news for the people and communities of West Lancashire. It is a substantial amount of funding that if used properly and effectively will have long-term benefits for the area. We can really push ahead over the next four years in tackling some of the deep-rooted problems that affect the more deprived areas of our area. In particular, it will enable us to focus on issues of community safety, improving the local environment and the overall quality of people’s lives.”
Rosie continued by saying:
“I am particularly pleased that responsibility for this money has been given to the West Lancashire Local Strategic Partnership. This will ensure that all stakeholders in West Lancashire will have a say in identifying the spending priorities. It is not just the council but also other public sector agencies, businesses, the voluntary sector and most importantly community sector representatives. The involvement of all these groups is vital to achieving success in the investment of this money."
This is another example, alongside New Deal and Sure Start, of this Labour Government investing in communities that had been starved of support needed to tackle the problems of deprivation for about 25 years. By no means is the money an instant cure to all our problems but it’s a great start. It is a clear message from the Labour government to the people of West Lancashire of its commitment to regenerating communities.
"I wait with great anticipation and excitement to witness the potential change this funding could bring to West Lancashire. This is a golden opportunity for the people of West Lancashire to make lasting improvements to their communities and neighbourhoods. We must grab it with both hands.”