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Voluntary Organisations: Finance

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 12th December 2011.

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Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office), Party Chair, Co-operative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he has taken to ensure local authorities follow best value guidance when making decisions on the funding of voluntary sector organisations; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Andrew Stunell Andrew Stunell The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Communities and Local Government

The Best Value guidance, published on 2 September, is statutory and local authorities are required to have regard to it. The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, my right hon. Friend Mr Pickles, wrote to all local authority leaders and chief executives at the time of consultation on the revised Best Value guidance. Following the consultation DCLG issued a press notice and wrote to all those who had been consulted informing them that the revised guidance had been published.

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