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Departmental Funding: Small Organisations

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 6 December 2007

19. To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effects of changes to his Department's budget on the funding it provides for small organisations. (171749)

The Department carefully takes into account the impact of changes to funding provided to all organisations big or small.

I have not been made aware of any changes to the budget that might have had any particular effect on small organisations. However, as planned, the rural social and community programme will close on 31 March 2008. The programme is a two-year investment to develop the capacity of the rural voluntary and community and parish council sectors, to address important social issues and tackle the causes of rural social exclusion. There are strands of work supported under the programme that we hope to develop beyond March 2008. We will set out our plans in greater detail in the very near future.