The Public Engagement and Recognition Unit (PERU) was set up on 15 April 2008 as part of the transformation of DCMS following its capability review. PERU is responsible for much of the Department's direct communication with the public and Parliament, including correspondence and telephone inquiries, Freedom of Information requests and parliamentary questions. It is also responsible for co-ordinating briefings for Ministers, appointments to public bodies and recommendations for honours. Based on an earlier model, PERU brings together a range of functions, which were previously spread across policy teams in the Department, in order to provide a higher quality service. It is expected that, over time, the centralisation of these functions will enable the service to be delivered more efficiently than before.
PERU'S administration budget for 2008-09 is £1,460,000 and its programme budget is £160,000. The Unit's budget for 2009-10 has not yet been determined.