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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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 £250,000 grant from the Tampon Tax Fund to the charity Life can be used to lobby HM Government.
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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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Asked on: 04 April 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Charities: Grants
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures are in place to evaluate the Tampon Tax Fund’s achievement of its objectives.
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Answered by: Lord Ashton of Hyde
Answered on: 20 April 2017

The Tampon Tax Fund provides grants to a wide range of organisations. Every grant recipient will have specific agreed outcomes against which its project will be monitored.

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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.
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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 safeguarding policies and procedures before awarding it a grant from the Tampon Tax Fund.
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(Rotherham)
Asked on: 19 April 2017
Women and Equalities
LIFE
Commons
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether she received representations on concerns relating to the application made by the charity, Life for funding from the Tampon Tax Fund.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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