RGF drop-outs pass 100By Laurence Kilgannon, Assistant Digital News Editor
The number of projects and programmes allocated Regional Growth Fund (RGF) cash but are now not proceeding has risen past the 100 mark, Insider can reveal.
Three Midlands companies are among the companies not to have taken up the funding despite successful bids, meaning almost £500m has not been drawn down from the government's flagship economic stimulus programme since it was launched three years ago. The latest figures were provided to Insider following a Freedom of Information request.
The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) told Insider that from 3 February 2014 to 7 November, 22 companies which had been allocated funds have elected not to take the money.
This is on top of 94 from rounds one to five of the RGF.
In total, it means that 116 awards with a value of £491m are no longer proceeding. The money was made available to the beneficiaries, but not drawn down, BIS said.
Three Midlands businesses, JPM Parry and Associates in Cradley Heath, Moorland & City Railways Ltd in Stafford and Jaguar Land Rover, are in the latest 22 companies which BIS said had not drawn down their allocated money.
In June, the then business secretary Michael Fallon said RGF payments remained on track, despite criticism regarding how long it takes for recipients to get their grants.
Fallon said £1.2bn has now been paid out to projects and programmes from the first five rounds of the RGF ahead of the 30 September closing date for sixth round applications.