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Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 17th July 2017.

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Photo of Lord Greaves Lord Greaves Liberal Democrat

Her Majesty's Government whether the Community Organisers programme is still in place; if so, (1) to which Government department or agency it is accountable, and (2) in which places it is in operation; if not, when it was brought to a close and on what authority; and for each year in which it has operated, what was the cost.

Photo of Lord Ashton of Hyde Lord Ashton of Hyde The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

The Community Organisers programme contract ran from 2010 - 2015. A new Community Organisers Expansion Programme was launched in March 2017 and will run until 2020.

1) The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) contracted the delivery of the Community Organisers Expansion Programme.

2) 20 Social Action Hubs will be appointed across England to train Community Organisers as part of the Expansion Programme. The first 10 hubs have been publicly announced (http://www.corganisers.org.uk/news/launch-2nd-round-funding) and the second 10 will be announced later in 2017.

3) The Community Organisers programme costs for 2010 - 2015 are published in the Cabinet Office Annual Report and Accounts which can be found at the link below. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/cabinet-office-annual-reports-and-accounts. The Community Organisers Expansion programme costs for the financial year 2016/17 will be published by DCMS in mid July 2017 on the Gov.uk website.

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