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Ministry of Justice: Third Sector

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 4th March 2020.

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Photo of Robert Halfon Robert Halfon Chair, Education Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much funding she has allocated to civil society and campaigning bodies in each of the last three years.

Photo of Alex Chalk Alex Chalk Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Civil Society forms an essential part of our communities up and down the country. It includes large, national charities, social enterprises, volunteers and small grassroots organisations but what joins them all is the idea of creating social value to help build a better society.

Government funding to civil society is ring-fenced for particular projects or programmes. Grant agreement terms and conditions prohibit grant funding being used for paid for lobbying and political campaigning.

The Cabinet Office publishes grants data on www.gov.uk/government/publications/government-grants-register for all departments. Within that data, the Ministry of Justice grant schemes that may relate to civil society funding are identifiable. We do not pay grants for campaigning activities.

The data for 2016/17 and 2017/18 has already been published and it is expected that the data relating to 2018/19 will be published by end of March 2020 as part of the Cabinet Office transparency agenda.

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