Community groups and empty homes after 2015

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-12-17
Session date: 
December 17, 2014
Reference: 
2014/5025
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Thank you for your answers to questions 2014/4220 and 2014/4221. One of the advantages of the Community Grants Programme was that groups such as Phases and Southwark Habitat for Humanity could bid for funds directly without having to partner with a registered provider, a barrier that effectively prevented them from accessing funds to bring homes back into use and train young unemployed people in previous years. By reverting to that previous arrangement, you risk strangling their growth. Will you reconsider raising this issue with the Government and looking at your own funds from 2015-18 with a view to supporting this sector?

Answer

Answer for Community groups and empty homes after 2015

Answer for Community groups and empty homes after 2015

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I recognise this sector as being an important one with capacity to deliver and I am already exploring the use of our funds to support this sector. London Community Groups will continue to be able to access this current funding via DCLG until the end of this financial year.