This amount relates to a payment made to a private individual. Disclosing the name of this individual would breach the first data protection principle. However, I can confirm that the payment was in settlement of a personal injury compensation claim which was brought against the Department by a former Property Services Agency employee who contracted mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos in the workplace.
This payment was made to the Midlands Co-operative Society Ltd. It was in settlement of a claim relating to the handling of a planning case which was investigated by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration. This is explained further in chapter 10.83 of the departmental annual report.
The ConnCom Plus programme, as listed in the Communities and Local Government Resource Accounts for 2008-09 (the payment listed was paid in 2007-08), was the Connecting Communities Plus programme, a grant programme for organisations working to promote race equality and community cohesion. The Community Development Foundation (CDF) managed the community grants part of this programme on behalf of CLG and this money was disbursed by the CDF to successful grant recipients.