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Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents

Volume 716: debated on Wednesday 27 January 2010

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To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the 35 per cent reduction in the grant to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents for 2010-11. [HL1315]

We value the partnership that we have with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and the work that it does to provide advice and help to people to make their lives safer. The £166,050 grant in 2009-10 from BIS represents only a small proportion of the total funding that RoSPA receives from government.

Given the current pressures on the public finances, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has to take difficult decisions on the programmes that it continues to support, and needs to ensure that work supported is aligned with the department’s priorities.

Safety in the home is now part of the work carried out by other government departments—for example, the Department for Children, Schools and Families—and the £18 million Safe at Home scheme is run by RoSPA and targets support for vulnerable families.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has worked closely with RosPA over the past months to see where its expertise might better match the needs of the department but the evidence is not there to justify continuing the grant at its previous level. We will be meeting with RosPA shortly to discuss the detail of its 2010-11 work programme.