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Community Relations Councils

Volume 976: debated on Friday 21 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether eligible expenditure on specially employed staff dealing with work attributable to differences in language or customs of Commonwealth immigrants includes spending on local community relations councils; and if so, how much of this expenditure comes under this heading.

Grant is payable under section 11 of the Local Government Act 1966 only on the salaries of staff directly employed by local authorities. Expenditure on community relations councils is eligible for grant only in the case of staff out-stationed by the local authority at the offices of community relations councils.Information is not kept centrally on how much of the total of eligible expenditure comes within this category, but the number of staff out-stationed in this way is very small.