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Third Sector

Volume 495: debated on Friday 3 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what terms and conditions are set by his Department in relation to the provision of funding from his Department's budget to (a) charities, (b) voluntary organisations and (c) social enterprises. (284208)

The Department provides funding to organisations in a number of different ways, for example as a contract for services, or as a grant for an agreed activity. The terms and conditions that are set will vary depending on the nature and purpose of the funding and the type of contract or agreement between the department and the recipient. There are some that will be common to all agreements, such as that the money should be used for the purposes intended, that it is possible to demonstrate this, and that its use complies with any existing statutory or Treasury regulations, such as Managing Public Money.

In providing funding to Third Sector Organisations such as charities, voluntary organisations, and social enterprises the department seeks to apply, where possible, the principles set out in the Compact. Further details of these principles can be found in the Funding and Procurement Code of Good Practice: