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Family Planning: Finance

Volume 489: debated on Tuesday 10 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what grants his Department made to (a) Brook, (b) the Family Planning Association, (c) Marie Stopes International, (d) the British Pregnancy Advisory Service and (e) Education for Choice in the last year; how much in grant funding is planned for each in the next two years; what the (i) monetary value and (ii) purpose of each such grant is; and if he will make a statement. (261598)

No funding has been allocated to Marie Stopes International, the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, or Education for Choice by this Department in the 2008/09 financial year.

Funding was allocated to Brook, and FPA in 2008/09 from the Teenage Pregnancy Strategy budget, as set out in the following table:



Amount of funding (£000)


To develop guidance for local authorities and PCTs on the delivery of condom distribution schemes, and to produce posters to alert young people to the peak in unplanned pregnancies that occurs each year in December and January



To pilot a version of the ‘Speakeasy’ programme for both parents and young people (the main Speakeasy programme is aimed at parents only), and run a speakeasy ‘taster’ session for parents working in DCSF




Final decisions on the allocation of the teenage pregnancy budget for 2009/10 and 2010/11 have not yet been finalised.

In addition, third sector organisations were invited to submit bids for funding from the Children, Young People and Families (CYPF) Grant programme. Following an open competition, funding was allocated to:

Education for Choice (£75,000 over two years): to provide training to members of the children’s work force, to enable them to provide impartial advice and support to young people facing an unplanned pregnancy, including support to avoid repeat conceptions; and

FPA (£530,000 over two years): to extend delivery of the ‘Speakeasy’ programme that builds the skills and confidence of parents so that they are better able to talk to their children about sex and relationships.