EU funding levels for the Borough

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Dear Reading Borough Council,

Please can you provide me with details on how much funding the Council has received from the European Union since it's inception and what projects/building/services did the funding provide for?

Yours faithfully,

James Moore

Dowlman, Alistair, Reading Borough Council

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For the attention of: Mr James Moore

 

Dear Mr Moore

 

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“Please can you provide me with details on how much funding the Council
has received from the European Union since it's inception and what
projects/building/services did the funding provide for?”

 

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Yours sincerely

 

Alistair Dowlman

Policy and Voluntary Sector | Corporate Support Services

Reading Borough Council

Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading. RG1 2LU

 

 

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Dowlman, Alistair, Reading Borough Council

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For the attention of: Mr James Moore

 

Dear Mr Moore

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST

 

Thank you for your recent request received in this office on 2 February
2016.

 

You have requested the following information under the provisions of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000:

 

Please can you provide me with details on how much funding the Council has
received from the European Union since it's inception and what
 projects/building/services did the funding provide for?

 

Our response is as follows:-

 

We are only in a position to supply a general example of the types of
projects supported from European Community funding through Reading for
approximately the last 10 years (2006-16). There are a number of reasons
for this including:

-      Funding for European Programmes in the UK we have received was, and
continues on the whole to be, administered and/or co-financed by a wide
variety of UK Government Regional/Central offices and Departments;
non-government departmental bodies; businesses; consultancies; and
training agencies - unless it is from a trans-national partnership. As
income for other non-European grant schemes come/came into the Council in
pounds sterling via the same sources we cannot differentiate between the
different UK and non-UK funding streams. Also, many of the Regional
Government and non-government bodies that have covered Reading during the
period in question no longer exist, for example, GOSE, SEEDA and Learning
and Skills Council.

-      The Borough of Reading is too small an area to participate solely
in most European Funding Programmes. The eligibility conditions of many of
these grants stipulate regional; cross-regional; national or
trans-national partnerships only as a minimum requirement. Most of the
programmes we have participated in over this period have, by requirement,
been cross-regional involving many partners and providers, for example,
the Thames Valley and South East Region of the UK. We have also
participated as a partner in some trans-national projects. In those cases
where we have been a project Lead (partner) most of the grants received by
us would have subsequently been redistributed to project partners across
the specified region covered and not retained here. Therefore, it is not
possible to accurately calculate the amounts that can be solely attributed
to work that benefited the Borough of Reading.

-      The required retention periods for information about specific
European Community funded projects where we were the Lead Partner, prior
to 2006-16, have passed and records are no longer held. Once retention
periods expire all associated files are no longer required and can be
destroyed.

However, for your information I have attached a brief summary about
projects Reading Borough Council have participated in over in the period
2006-2016. This is given with the caveat that unless otherwise stated
Reading Borough Council were partners in projects that benefited
areas/regions significantly greater than the Borough of Reading and
amounts quoted are income for the whole project partnership and not solely
Reading Borough Council.

 

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Sincerely

 

Alistair Dowlman

Policy and Voluntary Sector | Corporate Support Services

Reading Borough Council

Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading. RG1 2LU

 

 

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