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									Regional Funding Allocations:
     National Overview

                  Charlotte Dixon
Head of Regional and Local Transport Strategy and Funding
                Department for Transport

•   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

• 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)



                               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
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

• 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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