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Parenting Fund

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how much his Department has spent on Parents’ Week in each year since it was established; (308971)

(2) which (a) public, (b) private and (c) voluntary sector organisations have received payments from the Parenting Fund in each year since 2004; and how much was paid in each case;

(3) how much PricewaterhouseCoopers has been paid for services associated with the Parenting Fund in each year since 2004;

(4) how much funding his Department has allocated to the Parenting Fund in each year since its inception.

Parents’ week was first established in 2000 and is organised and delivered by the Family and Parenting Institute (FPI) in partnership with a number of national parenting support organisations. The week co-ordinates activities for parents and children across the UK with many hundreds of local events taking place. Each year there is a different theme. The theme of Parents’ week 2009 was “The Changing Face of Families”.

Since 2005, the Government have contributed funding to Parents’ week through FPI’s strategic grant.

The total amount of strategic grant received by FPI from DCSF is set out in table A. This strategic contribution enables FPI to provide a national platform to promote parenting and family support on a national level. As part of this, for Parents’ week FPI provide guidance, information and support to local organisations and local authorities to run events across the country that celebrate parenting.

Table A

Strengthening Families Grant Programme (£)

Children, Young People and Families Grant (£)

2005/06

783,000

2006/07

850,000

2007/08

973,000

2008/09

1,232,000

Direct costs from FPI strategic grant for Parents’ week are set out in the following table.

£

2000-01

19,972.57

2001-02

22,442.97

2002-03

38,110.82

2003-04

53,266.74

2004-05

100,031.02

2005-06

35,683.50

2006-07

64,144.00

2007-08

8,867.66

2008-09

6,769.97

No payments from the Parenting Fund (which is managed by FPI on behalf of Government) have been made to public organisations. The only private sector organisation to receive funding has been PricewaterhouseCoopers, as set out in the following table.

£

2004-05

355,242

2005-06

334,574

2006-07

119,150

2007-08

0

2008-09

118,034

Total

997,000

Payments to voluntary sector organisations in receipt of Parenting Fund grants since 2004 have been placed in the House Libraries.

The following table sets out the total amount paid to a range of strategic voluntary organisations to support FPI with the delivery of the Parenting Fund contract.

Voluntary sector organisation

Round 1: 2004-05

Round 1: 2005-06

Rounds 1 and 2: 2006-07

2007-08

Round 2: 2008-09

Round 2 and transition 2008-09

Total

Parenting UK

76,504

41,497

118,001

AFCS

3,150

3,150

Family Action

46,000

46,000

Family Action

55,500

55,500

Fatherhood Institute

64,244

64,244

Families Need Fathers

36,000

36,000

Institute of Wellbeing

60,030

60,030

Institute of Wellbeing

60,813

60,813

OneplusOne

77,290

77,290

Marriage Care

60,000

60,000

REF

48,700

48,700

REF

48,700

48,700

TCCR

85,100

85,100

Relate

28,000

28,000

Total

76,504

41,497

673,527

791,528

Total DCSF funding allocated to the Parenting Fund since 2004 is set out in the following table.

£ million

Round 1: 2004-06

16.4

Round 2: 2006-08

16

Transition round: 2008-09

8

Round 3: 2009-11

16

Total DCSF funding from the Parenting Fund for a range of telephone helplines since 2004 is set out in the following table.

£ million

2003-04

11.7

2004-06

4.6

2006-07

3

2007-08

3

2008-09

3

1 For 12 national organisations and helpline projects.