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Burnley Council successful in bidding for further Government funding

Published on Wed Dec 7 2022
View of Burnley town centre over the tops of houses and buildings with Pendle Hill in the background

The Government has announced that Burnley Council has been successful in applying for almost £3.5 million from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

The money will be used over the next three years to promote local business growth, improve people’s skills and learning, and support community projects.

The funding was earmarked for the borough in the summer on the condition that the council submit an investment plan to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Local Communities. That plan has now been approved and the money released to the council.

The £3.488 million allocated will be used to support a range of projects including a grants scheme to allow voluntary organisations and community groups to improve their neighbourhoods and community facilities; a programme of investment in green spaces and play facilities; a comprehensive programme of business support to assist businesses to be more productive, reduce their carbon footprint and create new jobs; and a programme of support to assist people not in employment to help the move closer to employment, education and training.

The Shared Prosperity Fund (SPF) replaces European Union funding streams previously delivered on a county-wide basis. Across Lancashire, the amount of SPF funding available is approximately 40% less than the current European funding programmes.

Councillor Mark Townsend, the council’s executive member for economy and growth, said: “It’s great news to see almost £3.5 milion of funding is being invested in our borough and it’s another example of Burnley Council’s ongoing drive to bring much-needed investment into our area. The focus will be on supporting local business growth and entrepreneurship and boosting our communities and supporting the skills of our residents and businesses.”

Council leader Councillor Afrasiab Anwar said: “At the time the money was initially earmarked I said it was disappointing that we’re receiving less money than before through EU programmes, but any investment in our borough has to be welcomed.

“We will use this funding as effectively as possible to make sure we squeeze every bit of value we can out of it.”

In drawing up the plan council officers assessed the proposed interventions against the council’s priorities identified in its economic recovery and growth strategy and the community recovery plan.

In terms of projects to deliver interventions, the council is working with locally based organisations, harnessing the skills and experience of partners who are best placed to deliver projects and interventions to co-design and commission services.

Full details will be available on the council website shortly although, through our on-going work stakeholder engagement work over the last three months, the council has already identified partners that will deliver the projects so there will be no “open call” for delivery at this stage.

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