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Village Halls: Conservation

Volume 462: debated on Thursday 28 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what support she plans to make available for the protection and enhancement of village halls following her recent announcement on community assets. (139289)

The independent Quirk Review of community management and ownership of public assets, published by The Department for Communities and Local Government on 15 May, was primarily concerned with removing barriers to the transfer of surplus public assets to communities.

The majority of village halls are in fact already in the management or ownership of community-led committees, and while recognising the enormous contribution they make to the well-being of their communities, the Government believe that their primary sources of revenue support should be their users and other local funding sources.

Continuing practical advice and help is available to village hall management committees from Village Hall Advisors employed by Rural Community Councils, which are supported through the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ Rural Social and Community Programme.