Monday, 5 December 2011

Why the New Homes Bonus is outrageously unfair to the North and East Lancashire

The average amount allocated to each region is £47,900,897. However, the North West which has chronic housing problems is to receive a total of £37,114,439; a full £10.8 million less than the average regional allocation.

If we break this down further and look at the funding which has been allocated for the five local authorities of East Lancashire, we can see an even meaner picture emerge.

East Lancashire:
  • · Rossendale £217,111
  • · Blackburn with Darwen £323,533
  • · Hyndburn £115,313
  • · Burnley £83,442
  • · Ribble Valley £167,234
Total: £906,663

The entire historical region of East Lancashire is collectively receiving only £906,663; which is miniscule when you bear in mind that there are over 100 local authorities which are receiving between £1-10million just for themselves. The entire Pennine Lancashire region is not receiving as much as nearby Lancashire authority Rochdale BC is receiving just for itself. That is not to say that Rochdale does not deserve this money – just that East Lancashire clearly deserves more.

Hyndburn and Burnley fare particularly badly, receiving only £115,313 and £83,442 respectively, putting them both in the bottom six recipients of New Home Bonus funding (See below).

Losers (those LAs receiving less than £150,000)
1. Isles of Scilly - £22,920
2. Copeland BC - £33,446 (National Park)
3. South Lakeland DC - £74,306 (National Park)
4. Oadby and Wigston BC - £78,776
5. Burnley BC - £83,442
6. Hyndburn BC - £115,313
7. Allerdale BC - £100, 138 (National Park)
8. High Peak BC - £147,406 (National Park)
Winners (those LAs receiving over £5m)
1. Tower Hamlets - £10,109,809
2. Birmingham City Council - £7,416,103
3. Islington Council - £5,680,167
4. Leeds City Council - £5,472,579
5. Southwark Council– £5,181,792
6. Cornwall Council - £5,132,877