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Community Relations: Finance

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 5 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department plans to spend on (a) the development of the new web-based one stop shop on cohesion, (b) the deployment of teams to support areas undergoing particularly rapid change, (c) the programme of work to realise increased inter-faith dialogue and social interaction within communities and (d) placing work with key partners on a more strategic footing in (i) 2007-08, (ii) 2008-09, (iii) 2009-10 and (iv) 2010-11, as referred to in the Government's response to the Commission on Integration and Cohesion. (190113)

The Government have made a substantial increase in funding for cohesion in the Spending Review and we are currently developing plans for a wide range of activity, as set out in the Government's response to the final report of the Commission on Integration and Cohesion.

With respect to increasing inter faith dialogue and interaction, in 2007-08, £4.982 million was spent on the faith communities capacity building fund, one of whose objectives was increased inter faith activity; £175,000 was granted to the inter faith network; and a contract for research in support of the current consultation on inter faith dialogue and activity has been let to the faith based regeneration network for £32,700. Plans for work to promote inter faith dialogue and action for 2008-09 to 2010-11 have not yet been finalised. However, we are developing an inter faith strategy (which is currently out for consultation) and this will set the framework for future resourcing decisions. Plans for the one stop shop on cohesion, teams to support areas facing rapid change and placing work with key partners on a more strategic footing are currently being developed. No expenditure has yet been committed for 2007-08 to 2010-11.