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Extend our successful Coastal Communities Fund to 2022 in England

Last updated: 12:45pm 25 November 2019

Decades of profound economic change have left their mark on coastal communities around Britain. We will continue to work to ensure these communities enjoy the vitality and opportunity they deserve. In England, we will extend our successful Coastal Communities Fund to 2022, helping our seaside towns thrive.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.26

Our verdict

The Coastal Communities Fund was established to support the economic development of coastal communities by promoting sustainable economic growth and jobs. Since 2012, 369 UK-wide projects have received a total of £229 million over four competitive rounds. This is a pledge to extend the fund to 2022.

In September 2019, the government announced a fifth round of successful bids for the fund. This has been allocated to 47 projects worth £50.7 million in total.

The government’s term of office has ended with no explicit announcement of an extension of the fund. However, nor has there been an announcement that the fund is closing – so the assumption is that further bidding will take place in future for round six. The Coastal Communities Fund has neither been clearly extended, nor clearly shut down. This policy remains ‘in progress’.

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