Community Relations: Finance

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 11th March 2009.

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Photo of Patrick Mercer Patrick Mercer Conservative, Newark

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

(1) how the 79 priority local authorities provided with £12 million under the Prevent strand of Project Contest in 2008-09 were selected; how much each one received in 2008-09; and what mechanisms are in place to assess whether measures implemented by these local authorities are effective;

(2) how the priority local authorities selected to receive funding from the £33 million left to be distributed to priority local authorities under the Prevent strand of Project Contest for April 2008 to March 2011 were selected by her Department; how much each will receive; and what mechanisms are in place to assess whether measures implemented by these local authorities are effective.

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

Local authorities will be assessed from April 2008 using National Indicator 35 (NI35), and through the comprehensive area assessment which will begin in April 2009. Details of all area based grant allocations made from April 2008 to March 2011 are available at:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/localgovernment/localgovernmentfinance/areabasedgrant/

The local authorities provided with Prevent funding over the period 2008-11 have been selected based on the size of their Muslim population. This is to enable them to work with those most vulnerable to violent extremism and to build the resilience in those communities where it is most needed.

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