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Community Relations: Finance

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how the additional £5 million in funding for local authorities, Government offices and police in support of work in schools, colleges and universities which she announced on 10 December 2008 will be allocated between the three groups in 2009-10 and 2010-11; on what basis the allocations will be made; how the effectiveness of the funding will be evaluated; and if she will make a statement. (249589)

I have been asked to reply.

The additional £5 million was announced in the Home Secretary’s speech of 10 December at the national Prevent conference and supports activity this financial year (2008-09). The announcement relates to a joint funding package from the Home Office and the Department for Children, Schools and Families. The funding is allocated as follows:

£1.68 million to all local authorities to help with the local roll-out of the published schools toolkit “Learning Together to be Safe”. Funding levels reflect the number of schools and include a boost for those areas that receive Prevent funding to reflect the scale of the challenge.

£3 million for 24 priority police forces to work with Government offices and other partners to support Prevent work in schools and education institutions including higher and further education. The distribution of this allocation was based on the Association of Chief Police Officers guidance criteria which included an assessment of population vulnerability and evaluated intelligence.

£480,000 to buy the copyright to provide free access for schools and colleges to the Kids Taskforce’s “Watch Over Me” DVD for three years supplemented by 60 training days on the product for teachers and local partners.

Any additional allocations for 2009-10 and 2010-11 are yet to be finalised.

Government offices are providing monthly updates to the Home Office through the Government Prevent Progress tracker and the police are submitting six weekly returns to the Association of Chief Police Officers. In addition, we will conduct a ‘lessons learned’ exercise at the end of 2008-09 to produce a document for partners outlining the hallmarks for effective police prevent activity in the education world.