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Community Relations: Finance

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 21 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funds (a) her Department, (b) the Association of Chief Police Officers and (c) police authorities contributed to local authority Preventing Violent Extremism projects in 2008, broken down by local authority; and if she will make a statement. (249586)

The information is not available broken down in the form requested as the funding covers a range of national, regional and local projects. The Home Office has announced £23.3 million in 2008-09.

£12.5 million was announced in June 2008:

£1 million for the Channel Project.

£3.5 million to youth offending teams and youth secure establishments on new work to prevent violent extremism, focused on supporting young individuals who have had contact with the criminal justice system.

£7.25 million to the National Offender Management Service and partner agencies, including ACPO, to do further work in prisons and the community to tackle vulnerability to radicalisation among offenders.

£750,000 for the Home Office to fund further grass-roots projects aimed at tackling radicalisation.

A further £10.8 million was announced in December 2008:

£5 million for local authorities, Government offices and the police in support of work in schools and colleges.

£5.8 million over the current CSR (£2.6 million for 2008-09) to fund a wide range of projects to disrupt radicalisers, strengthen institutions and support vulnerable individuals.

Funding was made available to a range of Prevent delivery partners, including but not exclusively, local authorities.

In addition to this, I announced that the Home Office is funding more than 300 new Prevent police posts over three years. £16 million will be spent this year creating new posts across 24 priority forces.

Information about other funds which may have been allocated by police authorities is not held centrally.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how the £5.8 million fund to disrupt violent extremism will be distributed in 2009-10 and 2010-11; what the breakdown between local and regional projects will be; what type of projects the fund will be used for; what the criteria for making grants will be; how the grants will be evaluated; who will administer the fund; and if she will make a statement. (249590)

£5.8 million will be provided to 33 projects, nationally, regionally and locally between 2008-11. This amounts to £2.275 million in 2009-10 and £918,000 in 2010-11. Of these 33 projects, four are national projects, 12 are regional projects and 17 are local projects. All funding is aimed at delivering objectives 2 and 3 of the Prevent strategy which seeks to:

disrupt those who promote violent extremism projects and support the institutions where they may be active; and

support individuals vulnerable to recruitment by violent extremists.

The projects span a variety of fields, from building the local capacity to provide interventions to vulnerable individuals, educational projects, regional immigration pilots, work in prisons, probation and the education sector as well as training and awareness for front-line staff.

Grants are administered by the most appropriate body, for example Government Offices, ACPO or the Home Office. All funding is subject to regular reporting and we ensure each project provides the Home Office reasonable access to data and documentation, and commits to value for money.