Malcolm calls for town centre regeneration funds for Leith
Question on Town Centre Regeneration Funding for Edinburgh Malcolm Chisholm (Edinburgh North and Leith) (Lab):
Is it the case that the money that was distributed by the town centre regeneration fund was supposed to be spent within this financial year? Given that that is certainly not the case for at least one project that I know of, will the cabinet secretary use any underspends in the fund for excellent bids that were not successful, including the bid from Leith that was ready to deliver in total in this financial year?

John Swinney)(The Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth):
Various conditions are applied to the distribution of resources under the town centre regeneration fund. Those conditions were set out by the Minister for Housing and Communities, and the projects are working to deliver against them. Quite clearly, there will be an evaluation of, and a report on, the implications of the town centre regeneration fund, which will be brought forward by the Minister for Housing and Communities. However, I can assure Mr Chisholm that the conditions of the fund are being applied in the projects that have come forward.
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