Regional Funding Allocations: National Overview Charlotte Dixon Head of Regional and Local Transport Strategy and Funding Department for Transport Summary • Context – where are we coming from? • Overview of proposals covered by the Guidance • A few issues Devolution to regions since 1997 • Government Offices, Regional Assemblies, RDAs • Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, London • Continuous attention to enabling all the UKs regions to perform to their full economic potential Devolution to regions since 1997 • New attention to disparities • New attention to flexibilities • Regional strategies for economic development, land use, housing and transport • Regional emphasis to SR2004 • Increased regional influence eg on skills, employment, enterprise, innovation Regional and Local planning: challenges • Regional Planning Bodies & RDAs charged with preparing regional strategies • economic and spatial (inc transport) • each one to take account of the other • but too often the transport strategies have lacked clear priorities, or depended on investment which has proved unaffordable • Not surprising in absence of longer term financial planning assumptions • Comparable issues for Local Transport Plans, especially for major schemes Devolving Decision Making • Devolving Decision Making: 2 – Meeting the regional economic challenge: Increasing regional and local flexibility (March 2004) • Devolving Decision Making: A Consultation on Regional Funding Allocations (December 2004) • Regional Funding Allocations: Guidance on Preparing Advice (July 2005) Advice : the basics • Advice is sought on investment in transport, housing and economic development. • Advice will influence those decisions currently made by Ministers • Advice should be based on what can be achieved within planning assumptions and with +10% Advice:the Basics (2) Advice should be • Evidence-based • Agreed within the region • Realistic • Consistent Transport RFAs • Cover the capital funding projected for local major schemes and major HA schemes other than on those roads of the greatest strategic national and international importance • Advice should focus on period after 2006/7 • Advice needs to take into account estimated cost profiles and feasible timing of spend for schemes • Advice for later years may be for blocks of years REGIONAL FUNDING ALLOCATION TOTALS AGAINST SCHEMES IN PIPELINE East Midlands 200 Highways Agency (HA) historic spend Local authority (LA) historic spend Other TPI & provisionally approved LA schemes Firmly planned LA & HA schemes 150 Regional Funding Allocation Allocation (£ million) 100 50 0 2001/02 2002/03 2003/04 2004/05 2005/06 2006/07 2007/08 2008/09 2009/10 2010/11 2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 Year Some Issues: Methodology • For you to decide, but….. • Purpose of the exercise is to achieve the desired outcomes of aligned strategies • Advice must be realistic and well based in evidence • Prioritisation is not the same as appraisal, but all proposals will eventually have to go through NATA appraisal • Hard judgments will always be needed! Some Issues: Dealing with Commitments • RFAs need to cover all investment, including that already planned • So assumptions will be needed on funds required for planned investment • Extent of commitments in early years will mean that spend in early years is likely to be higher or lower than allocations in most regions Some Issues: Dealing with large and small schemes • No exceptions for size! • It is understood that some local schemes may have less regional significance. But Ministers still have to judge their priority. • Large schemes also present challenges • Good luck!
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