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(Birmingham, Hall Green)
Asked on: 28 June 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Sanitary Protection: Taxation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Answer of 27 April 2017 to Question 71768, if she will amend the application criteria for the Tampon Tax Fund to include a stipulation that funding will not provided to organisations which seek to restrict access to abortion.
A
Answered by: Tracey Crouch
Answered on: 05 July 2017

Applications have closed for the current round of the Tampon Tax Fund. Details about any future rounds of the Fund and the criteria which will be used will be confirmed in due course.

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Asked by Diana Johnson
(Kingston upon Hull North)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 24 April 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
LIFE
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, for what reasons £250 million was provided from the Tampon Tax Fund for the Life charity; and if she will make a statement.
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Answered by: Mr Rob Wilson
Answered on: 27 April 2017

Life Charity submitted a project proposal to support vulnerable women in west London, requesting £250,000. Life Charity’s bid described a project that would help vulnerable, homeless or at risk women (for example, those escaping abuse or trafficking) who are pregnant and have nowhere to turn.

We will shortly agree the specifics of each of the 70 projects that successfully applied to the Tampon Tax Fund this year, to ensure that taxpayers' money is put to the best use. We will only make grants where we are 100% certain that they align with the aims of the fund.

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(Birmingham, Hall Green)
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'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 24 April 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
LIFE
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 20 April 2017 to Question HL6582, whether the Minister for Civil Society or another Minister made the decision to award the charity Life £250,000 from the Tampon Tax Fund; what her Department's scrutiny process for that decision was; and what representations she received on the appropriateness of that award before that decision was announced.
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Answered by: Mr Rob Wilson
Answered on: 27 April 2017

We will shortly finalise the specifics of the grant agreements for each of the 70 projects that successfully applied to the Tampon Tax Fund this year, to ensure that taxpayers' money is put to the best use. We will only make grants where we are 100% certain that they align fully with the aims of the fund. The final decision will be made by the Minister for Civil Society.

All applications into the fund were assessed by officials against three criteria: evidence for the need of the project: the organisation’s ability to deliver; and the sustainability/impact of the project, and were then vetted by officials before they were signed off.

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Asked by Diana Johnson
(Kingston upon Hull North)
Asked on: 18 April 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
LIFE
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the funding recently allocated from the Tampon Tax Fund to the Life charity will exclusively be spent on young homeless women who are pregnant.
A
Answered by: Mr Rob Wilson
Answered on: 26 April 2017

We will shortly agree the specifics of each of the 70 projects that successfully applied to the Tampon Tax Fund this year, to ensure that taxpayers' money is put to the best use. We will only make grants where we are 100% certain that they align with the aims of the fund.

Grouped Questions: 71186 | 71170 | 71120 | 71122 | 71123
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(Rotherham)
Asked on: 18 April 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
LIFE
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will review the decision to award the anti-abortion charity, Life, a grant from the Tampon Tax Fund.
A
Answered by: Mr Rob Wilson
Answered on: 26 April 2017

We will shortly agree the specifics of each of the 70 projects that successfully applied to the Tampon Tax Fund this year, to ensure that taxpayers' money is put to the best use. We will only make grants where we are 100% certain that they align with the aims of the fund.

Grouped Questions: 71100 | 71170 | 71120 | 71122 | 71123
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(Rotherham)
Asked on: 18 April 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
LIFE
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will publish the (a) Tampon Tax Fund application submitted by the charity, Life and (b) criteria for awarding grants from the Tampon Tax Fund.
A
Answered by: Mr Rob Wilson
Answered on: 26 April 2017

We will shortly agree the specifics of each of the 70 projects that successfully applied to the Tampon Tax Fund this year, to ensure that taxpayers' money is put to the best use. We will only make grants where we are 100% certain that they align with the aims of the fund.

It would not be appropriate to publish details of individual applications in advance of grants being made. All applications into the fund were assessed by officials against three criteria: evidence for the need of the project: the organisation’s ability to deliver; and the sustainability/impact of the project.

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(Rotherham)
Asked on: 18 April 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Taxation: Sanitary Protection
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the stages are in the application process for the Tampon Tax Fund; and whether the Minister for Civil Society approves each grant decision.
A
Answered by: Mr Rob Wilson
Answered on: 26 April 2017

We will shortly agree the specifics of each of the 70 projects that successfully applied to the Tampon Tax Fund this year, to ensure that taxpayers' money is put to the best use. We will only make grants where we are 100% certain that they align with the aims of the fund.

All applications into the fund were assessed by officials against three criteria: evidence for the need of the project: the organisation’s ability to deliver; and the sustainability/impact of the project, and were then vetted by officials before they were signed off.

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Asked by Diana Johnson
(Kingston upon Hull North)
Asked on: 18 April 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
LIFE
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the funding allocation from the Tampon Tax Fund to charity, Life will pay for tampons for homeless women.
A
Answered by: Mr Rob Wilson
Answered on: 26 April 2017

We will shortly agree the specifics of each of the 70 projects that successfully applied to the Tampon Tax Fund this year, to ensure that taxpayers' money is put to the best use. We will only make grants where we are 100% certain that they align with the aims of the fund.

Grouped Questions: 71100 | 71186 | 71120 | 71122 | 71123
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Asked by Diana Johnson
(Kingston upon Hull North)
Asked on: 18 April 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
LIFE
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many counselling sessions it is estimated will be provided to young homeless women who are pregnant by the charity, Life as a result of its funding allocation under the Tampon Tax Fund.
A
Answered by: Mr Rob Wilson
Answered on: 26 April 2017

We will shortly agree the specifics of each of the 70 projects that successfully applied to the Tampon Tax Fund this year, to ensure that taxpayers' money is put to the best use. We will only make grants where we are 100% certain that they align with the aims of the fund.

Grouped Questions: 71100 | 71186 | 71170 | 71122 | 71123
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Asked by Diana Johnson
(Kingston upon Hull North)
Asked on: 18 April 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
LIFE
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the charity, Life plans to take referrals from the NHS when providing its services as a result of its funding allocation under the Tampon Tax Fund.
A
Answered by: Mr Rob Wilson
Answered on: 26 April 2017

We will shortly agree the specifics of each of the 70 projects that successfully applied to the Tampon Tax Fund this year, to ensure that taxpayers' money is put to the best use. We will only make grants where we are 100% certain that they align with the aims of the fund.

Grouped Questions: 71100 | 71186 | 71170 | 71120 | 71123
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Asked by Diana Johnson
(Kingston upon Hull North)
Asked on: 18 April 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
LIFE
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the counselling services provide by the charity, Life as a result of funding allocation under the Tampon Tax Fund will be (a) subject to Care Quality Commission regulation and (b) provided by counsellors who are registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
A
Answered by: Mr Rob Wilson
Answered on: 26 April 2017

We will shortly agree the specifics of each of the 70 projects that successfully applied to the Tampon Tax Fund this year, to ensure that taxpayers' money is put to the best use. We will only make grants where we are 100% certain that they align with the aims of the fund.

Grouped Questions: 71100 | 71186 | 71170 | 71120 | 71122
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 19 April 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
LIFE
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment her Department made of the charity, Life's patient information literature before awarding it a grant from the Tampon Tax Fund.
A
Answered by: Mr Rob Wilson
Answered on: 26 April 2017

We will shortly agree the specifics of each of the 70 projects that successfully applied to the Tampon Tax Fund this year, to ensure that taxpayers' money is put to the best use. We will only make grants where we are 100% certain that they align with the aims of the fund.

All applications into the fund were assessed by officials against three criteria: evidence for the need of the project: the organisation’s ability to deliver; and the sustainability/impact of the project, and were then vetted by officials before they were signed off.

Grouped Questions: 71354
Q
(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 19 April 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
LIFE
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment her Department made of the charity, Life's safeguarding policies and procedures before awarding it a grant from the Tampon Tax Fund.
A
Answered by: Mr Rob Wilson
Answered on: 26 April 2017

We will shortly agree the specifics of each of the 70 projects that successfully applied to the Tampon Tax Fund this year, to ensure that taxpayers' money is put to the best use. We will only make grants where we are 100% certain that they align with the aims of the fund.

All applications into the fund were assessed by officials against three criteria: evidence for the need of the project: the organisation’s ability to deliver; and the sustainability/impact of the project, and were then vetted by officials before they were signed off.

Grouped Questions: 71353
Q
(Rotherham)
Asked on: 19 April 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
LIFE
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether she received representations on concerns relating to the application made by the charity, Life for funding from the Tampon Tax Fund.
A
Answered by: Mr Rob Wilson
Answered on: 26 April 2017

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) administers the Tampon Tax Fund. Since the announcement in late March of the 70 projects that successfully applied to the Tampon Tax Fund this year, DCMS has received correspondence from the public and letters from Members of Parliament regarding matters raised with them by their constituents, as well as a petition organised by the group 38 Degrees. This correspondence also included letters supporting the award of the grant.

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Asked by Diana Johnson
(Kingston upon Hull North)
Asked on: 24 April 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Sanitary Protection: Taxation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how the Tampon Tax Fund will address period poverty; and if she will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Mr Rob Wilson
Answered on: 26 April 2017

The Tampon Tax Fund aims to support projects that improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls across the UK. It is not designed to specifically address period poverty.

We will shortly agree the specifics of each of the 70 projects that successfully applied to the Tampon Tax Fund this year, to ensure that taxpayers' money is put to the best use. We will only make grants where we are 100% certain that they align with the aims of the fund.

All applications into the fund were assessed by officials against three criteria: evidence for the need of the project: the organisation’s ability to deliver; and the sustainability/impact of the project, and were then vetted by officials before they were signed off.

Asked on: 05 April 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Charities: Grants
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government which charities were awarded funding from the Tampon Tax Fund; how much was allocated to each charity; and what were the criteria used to determine those awards.
A
Answered by: Lord Ashton of Hyde
Answered on: 21 April 2017

As announced on 30th March 2017, 70 organisations were selected to be put forward to share £12 million worth of investment from the Tampon Tax Fund. All applications into the fund were assessed against three criteria: evidence for the need of the project; the organisation’s ability to deliver; and the sustainability and impact of the project. A list of the 70 organisations has been published on the Government website: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/charities-across-the-uk-benefit-from-tampon-tax-fund

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Asked on: 04 April 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
LIFE
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government who made the decision to award the charity Life £250,000 from the Tampon Tax Fund.
A
Answered by: Lord Ashton of Hyde
Answered on: 20 April 2017

We will shortly finalise the specifics of the grant agreements for each of the 70 projects that successfully applied to the Tampon Tax Fund this year, to ensure that taxpayers' money is put to the best use. We will only make grants where we are 100% certain that they align fully with the aims of the fund. The Minister for Civil Society will make the final decision on the grant award.

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Asked on: 04 April 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
LIFE
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what outcomes the charity Life is required to deliver through its use of the £250,000 grant from the Tampon Tax Fund.
A
Answered by: Lord Ashton of Hyde
Answered on: 20 April 2017

We will shortly finalise the specifics of the grant agreements for each of the 70 projects that successfully applied to the Tampon Tax Fund this year, to ensure that taxpayers' money is put to the best use. We will only make grants where we are 100% certain that they fully align with the aims of the fund.

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Asked on: 04 April 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
LIFE
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the counselling service run by the charity Life will be funded by the £250,000 grant from the Tampon Tax Fund.
A
Answered by: Lord Ashton of Hyde
Answered on: 20 April 2017

We will shortly finalise the specifics of the grant agreements for each of the 70 projects that successfully applied to the Tampon Tax Fund this year, to ensure that taxpayers' money is put to the best use. We will only make grants where we are 100% certain that they fully align with the aims of the fund. The Minister for Civil Society will make the final decision on the grant award.

Q
Asked on: 04 April 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
LIFE
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the £250,000 grant from the Tampon Tax Fund to the charity Life can be used to lobby HM Government.
A
Answered by: Lord Ashton of Hyde
Answered on: 20 April 2017

No. In line with Government’s Standards for Grants, none of the grants made under the Tampon Tax Fund can be used to lobby HM Government. We will shortly finalise the specifics of the grant agreements for each of the 70 projects that successfully applied to the Tampon Tax Fund this year, to ensure that taxpayers’ money is put to best use. We will only make grants where we are 100% certain that they align with the aims of the fund.

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