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Community Development Foundation

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many staff the Community Development Foundation employs; how many of these work on cohesion and integration; and what funding her Department will provide to the Foundation in (a) 2008-09 and (b) each of the following two years. (245531)

Community Development Foundation (CDF) currently employs 64 staff: 55 full-time and nine part-time across offices in England, Scotland and Wales. CDF recently aligned its resources to meet its three strategic aims of Empowered, Cohesive and Strong Communities. As a result they employ a Head of Cohesion, and a policy officer is being recruited to work on cohesion policy. In addition a significant number of other programme-funded staff are also involved in cohesion-related work to varying degrees. Details can be found in CDF’s annual report at

CDF is receiving up to £1,500,000 grant in aid funding in 2008-09. This represents 40 per cent. of its projected unrestricted income for the year. Subject to parliamentary approval, funding allocated for 2009-10 is £1,545,000, and for 2010-11 is £1,590,000.