LGA responds to £220 million Community Renewal Fund announcement

"It is good that councils have been given the delivery responsibilities for this scheme. They are at the heart of their local communities and are best-placed to bring together partners to deliver improvements to their local areas."


Typical British street in dimmed lighting with shops and cafes down the high street

Responding to the allocation of the £220 million Community Renewal Fund to local authorities, Cllr Kevin Bentley, Chair of the Local Government Association’s People and Places Board said:

“We are pleased that councils have finally been given the go-ahead to deliver this important investment, which will bring opportunities for local communities and help them build back better from the pandemic. 

“It is good that councils have been given the delivery responsibilities for this scheme. They are at the heart of their local communities and are best-placed to bring together partners to deliver improvements to their local areas.

“Given the delay in announcing this funding, it is positive that the deadline for delivery has been extended until the end of June, something which we have been calling for. 

“Councils look forward to working with the Government to learn from these schemes to design and deliver a successful long-term UK Shared Prosperity Fund. Bringing more funds together into single pots, with greater flexibility and over longer time periods will allow councils and their partners to deliver most effectively for their communities.”