LAG Restarts Funding Following Government Review

Amanda Pender

Following a four month pause in activities, the Isles of Scilly Local Action Group, or LAG, is back in business.

Since early March, the 64 LAGs across the UK have been unable to allocate funding to any new projects. It’s down the Comprehensive Spending Review and Defra’s need to review their performance.

Programme Manager Amanda Pender told us that, due to our protection under European Convergence status, Scilly has retained the full £2.25m allocation of funds. She added we’ve been very lucky not to have cuts – in Tamar, the LAG had cuts of over 33%.

Amanda says £708,000 has already been allocated and there is plenty of money left in the fund, which must be used before 2013.

Amanda told us the LAG gets lots of requests for funding of roads but that’s not allowed under the rules, adding that they’re looking for innovative projects that support the local economy or environment.

So far, a panel of locals has awarded cash to Tresco Playgroup, St Martins Fish and Chip shop, St Agnes Chocolate, Art Scilly and the Buzza Bus.

The last allocation of funding is December 2013 and funds must be used by March 2014, but Amanda doesn’t want people to wait until the last minute. She says if you have an idea for a project she’d be keen to hear about it as soon as possible.