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Departments: Common Purpose

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 3rd September 2007.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department paid to Common Purpose in each of the last five years; for what purpose; and what the outcome of the expenditure was.

Photo of Kevin Brennan Kevin Brennan Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Children, Young People and Families)

The former Department for Education and Skills concluded a contract in September 2004 for £28,800 and April 2005 for £22,900 with Common Purpose to provide challenging and diverse learning experiences for future leaders. Participants were able to research and explore how the Department's policies impacted "on the ground" in relation to the Department's Five Year Strategy, and gain a greater appreciation of how Government policies were interpreted and implemented by service deliverers in public, private and voluntary/community sectors and the constraints facing different organisations.

In addition Common Purpose South Yorkshire currently has free use of a small accommodation unit in the Sheffield site of the Department for Children, Schools and Families.

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Yes2 people think so

No28 people think not

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veronica jordan
Posted on 30 Sep 2007 4:30 pm (Report this annotation)

This surely is tax payers money funding a Gov backed brainwashing scheme?
Why is this never aired in public?
They appear to work for themselves certainly not the public and most certainly not in the public interest!
I can see many areas where this money could be better spent,
The rate of pay is outrages!!

John Concannon
Posted on 25 Nov 2007 3:03 am (Report this annotation)

I am totally disgusted with this government and this "common purpose" group. They are both an insult to humanity and are not fooling anybody.

john walker
Posted on 31 Jul 2008 3:46 pm (Report this annotation)

You can find out more about Common Purpose here:

Paul Peros
Posted on 10 Aug 2008 12:51 pm (Report this annotation)

In the interests of fairness, you can also find out more about Common Purpose here: