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Asked on: 25 June 2019
Home Office
Crimes of Violence: Young People
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken towards (1) adopting a public health approach to tackling youth violence, and (2) putting in place a long-term strategy, including early intervention, to prevent the murder of young people.
Answered on: 09 July 2019

Tackling serious violence is a top priority for the Government and it is clear we must continue to step up the response to stop this violence.

The Serious Violence Strategy sets out the Government’s approach, which depends on a multi-agency approach across several sectors. The Strategy places a greater emphasis on early intervention and prevention to tackle the root causes of serious violence and provide young people with the skills and resilience to lead productive lives free from crime.

On 1 April, we launched a consultation on a new legal duty to support a public health approach to preventing and tackling serious violence. The consultation closed on 28 May, and the Government response to the consultation will be published shortly.

On 13 March, an additional £100 million to tackle serious violence was announced at the Spring Statement. £63.4 million of this funding has been allocated to 18 police forces worst affected by serious violence to support increased police operational activity, and £1.6m is being used to improve the data available on knife crime to support police activity. On 17 April, we announced that the remaining £35m of this funding will be invested in the development of Violence Reduction Units (VRUs) in areas most affected by serious violence. The VRUs will bring together a range of agencies to address the causes of violence.

The Home Secretary has also established a new £200m Youth Endowment Fund that will provide targeted intervention and support over the next 10 years for those young people most at risk of serious violence. A key purpose will be to develop the evidence base demonstrating which interventions are most effective in deterring children and young people away from crime and violence and, since it will operate for a minimum of ten years, it will have the capacity to bring successful interventions all the way through from pilot stage to deployment at scale. The Fund will ensure that this vital learning is shared and help ensure that the most effective interventions are funded.

The Youth Endowment Fund became effective from the start of April. It is independent of Government and is being run by the charity Impetus, working in partnership with the Early Intervention Foundation and Social Investment Business. The first funding round is open for applications from 28 May until 23 July.

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Asked by Louise Haigh
(Sheffield, Heeley)
Asked on: 18 June 2019
Home Office
Youth Endowment Fund
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many officials are currently working on the Youth Endowment Fund.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 26 June 2019

In March 2019, the Home Secretary announced the award of a £200m endowment to the charity Impetus, to establish the Youth Endowment Fund. Applied over ten years, the funding will be used by the Youth Endowment Fund to support interventions steering children and young people away from involvement in crime and violence and to find, generate and apply best available evidence about which approaches are most successful.

The Youth Endowment Fund has been established to operate independently of Government, and publishes information about its activities here: https://impetus.org.uk/youth-endowment-fund.
The £200m endowment was awarded at the end of March by way of a Grant Agreement. Since this award, Impetus has rapidly been establishing the Youth Endowment Fund’s operations and has launched its first call for proposals.

This is an open call, to fund and evaluate interventions primarily targeting young people aged 10-14 who are judged to be at risk of being drawn into crime and violence. This first funding round opened on the 28 May and will close on the 23 July, at which point applications will be assessed. As such, no projects have yet been awarded funding and no bids have been rejected. Further information about this first funding round can be found here: https://www.sibgroup.org.uk/youth-endowment-fund.

There are currently four officials in the Home Office whose responsibilities include oversight of the Youth Endowment Fund

The Youth Endowment Fund has been established as an independent charitable trust and is ultimately accountable to the Impetus Board. Appointment of the Youth Endowment Fund’s Independent Chair is expected to take place by the Autumn. The Youth Endowment Fund Committee comprises one representative from each of Impetus and the two organisations partnering it in delivering the Fund: the Social Investment Business and the Early Intervention Foundation; as well as a Home Office representative and other co-opted members. The Advisory Committee is yet to be established but will bring together a broad range of relevant expertise.

The pay of the Youth Endowment Fund’s Executive Director and Senior Team are a matter for the Youth Endowment Fund. However, when running the Competition to secure an organisation to run the Fund, all bidders were assessed against the expectation that no member of staff should receive a salary in excess of £150k. Under the terms of the Grant Agreement, Impetus is required to ensure that senior remuneration is proportionate and justifiable. The Home Office has also recommended that the Fund publishes details of senior staff remuneration.

Grouped Questions: 266234 | 266235
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Asked by Louise Haigh
(Sheffield, Heeley)
Asked on: 18 June 2019
Home Office
Youth Endowment Fund
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, who the Independent Chair of the Youth Endowment Fund will be; and who will sit on the (a) management committee and (b) advisory council of that fund.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 26 June 2019

In March 2019, the Home Secretary announced the award of a £200m endowment to the charity Impetus, to establish the Youth Endowment Fund. Applied over ten years, the funding will be used by the Youth Endowment Fund to support interventions steering children and young people away from involvement in crime and violence and to find, generate and apply best available evidence about which approaches are most successful.

The Youth Endowment Fund has been established to operate independently of Government, and publishes information about its activities here: https://impetus.org.uk/youth-endowment-fund.
The £200m endowment was awarded at the end of March by way of a Grant Agreement. Since this award, Impetus has rapidly been establishing the Youth Endowment Fund’s operations and has launched its first call for proposals.

This is an open call, to fund and evaluate interventions primarily targeting young people aged 10-14 who are judged to be at risk of being drawn into crime and violence. This first funding round opened on the 28 May and will close on the 23 July, at which point applications will be assessed. As such, no projects have yet been awarded funding and no bids have been rejected. Further information about this first funding round can be found here: https://www.sibgroup.org.uk/youth-endowment-fund.

There are currently four officials in the Home Office whose responsibilities include oversight of the Youth Endowment Fund

The Youth Endowment Fund has been established as an independent charitable trust and is ultimately accountable to the Impetus Board. Appointment of the Youth Endowment Fund’s Independent Chair is expected to take place by the Autumn. The Youth Endowment Fund Committee comprises one representative from each of Impetus and the two organisations partnering it in delivering the Fund: the Social Investment Business and the Early Intervention Foundation; as well as a Home Office representative and other co-opted members. The Advisory Committee is yet to be established but will bring together a broad range of relevant expertise.

The pay of the Youth Endowment Fund’s Executive Director and Senior Team are a matter for the Youth Endowment Fund. However, when running the Competition to secure an organisation to run the Fund, all bidders were assessed against the expectation that no member of staff should receive a salary in excess of £150k. Under the terms of the Grant Agreement, Impetus is required to ensure that senior remuneration is proportionate and justifiable. The Home Office has also recommended that the Fund publishes details of senior staff remuneration.

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Asked by Louise Haigh
(Sheffield, Heeley)
Asked on: 18 June 2019
Home Office
Youth Endowment Fund
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the pay scale will be of the executive director and senior team recruited by Impetus to lead the Youth Endowment Fund's work.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 26 June 2019

In March 2019, the Home Secretary announced the award of a £200m endowment to the charity Impetus, to establish the Youth Endowment Fund. Applied over ten years, the funding will be used by the Youth Endowment Fund to support interventions steering children and young people away from involvement in crime and violence and to find, generate and apply best available evidence about which approaches are most successful.

The Youth Endowment Fund has been established to operate independently of Government, and publishes information about its activities here: https://impetus.org.uk/youth-endowment-fund.
The £200m endowment was awarded at the end of March by way of a Grant Agreement. Since this award, Impetus has rapidly been establishing the Youth Endowment Fund’s operations and has launched its first call for proposals.

This is an open call, to fund and evaluate interventions primarily targeting young people aged 10-14 who are judged to be at risk of being drawn into crime and violence. This first funding round opened on the 28 May and will close on the 23 July, at which point applications will be assessed. As such, no projects have yet been awarded funding and no bids have been rejected. Further information about this first funding round can be found here: https://www.sibgroup.org.uk/youth-endowment-fund.

There are currently four officials in the Home Office whose responsibilities include oversight of the Youth Endowment Fund

The Youth Endowment Fund has been established as an independent charitable trust and is ultimately accountable to the Impetus Board. Appointment of the Youth Endowment Fund’s Independent Chair is expected to take place by the Autumn. The Youth Endowment Fund Committee comprises one representative from each of Impetus and the two organisations partnering it in delivering the Fund: the Social Investment Business and the Early Intervention Foundation; as well as a Home Office representative and other co-opted members. The Advisory Committee is yet to be established but will bring together a broad range of relevant expertise.

The pay of the Youth Endowment Fund’s Executive Director and Senior Team are a matter for the Youth Endowment Fund. However, when running the Competition to secure an organisation to run the Fund, all bidders were assessed against the expectation that no member of staff should receive a salary in excess of £150k. Under the terms of the Grant Agreement, Impetus is required to ensure that senior remuneration is proportionate and justifiable. The Home Office has also recommended that the Fund publishes details of senior staff remuneration.

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Asked by Ben Bradley
(Mansfield)
Asked on: 20 May 2019
Home Office
Crimes of Violence: Nottinghamshire
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to reduce youth-related violence in (a) Mansfield constituency and (b) Nottinghamshire.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 07 June 2019

The Government’s Serious Violence Strategy sets out 61 actions and commitments to tackle serious violence. It places an emphasis on prevention and early intervention to tackle the root causes and steer young people away from crime in the first place alongside a robust law enforcement response.

Action delivered through the Strategy to date includes:

• Our Early Intervention Youth Fund of £22m which is already supporting 29 projects in England and Wales to deliver interventions to young people at risk of criminal involvement, gang exploitation and county lines;
• A new National County Lines Co-ordination Centre to tackle violent and exploitative criminal activity associated with county lines;
• The new Offensive Weapons Act which strengthens legislation on firearms, knives and corrosive substances;
• Delivering our national knife crime media campaign - #knifefree - to raise awareness of the consequences of knife crime among young people.

On 2 October 2018 the Home Secretary also announced further measures to address violent crime in the UK including:

• The £200 million Youth Endowment Fund, which will be delivered over the next 10 years to support interventions with children and young people at risk of involvement in crime and violence, focusing on those most at risk. The charity Impetus, working in partnership with the Early Intervention Foundation and Social Investment Business, is now operating the Fund

• An Independent Review of Drug Misuse, to be chaired by Dame Carol Black, which will look into ways in which drugs are fuelling serious violence.
• A consultation on a new legal duty to underpin a ‘public health’ approach to tackling serious violence. This consultation launched on 1 April 2019 and closes on 28 May.

The Home Office has funded five knife crime prevention projects in Nottinghamshire through the Anti-Knife Crime Community Fund since 2017 to support those most at risk of involvement in knife crime. The Home Office has also provided funding to the charity Redthread to support the expansion of their youth violence intervention scheme in hospital emergency departments and we have supported the development of this service at the Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham.

On 13 March, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced an additional £100 million to tackle serious violence, which includes £80m of new funding from the Treasury. The majority of the investment will go towards supporting the police forces most affected by the violence we are seeing, but the funding will also support Violence Reduction Units, bringing together a range of agencies, including health, education, social services and others, to develop a multi-agency approach to preventing serious violence. £63.4 million of this funding has been allocated to 18 police forces most affected by serious violence to pay for surge operational activity, including increased patrols, and £1.6 million to help improve the quality of data on serious violence, particularly knife crime, to support planning and operations. Nottinghamshire Police has been allocated £1,540,000 from the serious violence fund.

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Asked by David Morris
(Morecambe and Lunesdale)
[N]
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Asked on: 23 May 2019
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Third Sector: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how the Government plans to allocate the £2 billion of dormant assets identified by the Dormant Assets Commission in March 2019 throughout the charity and voluntary sector; and if the Government will allocate those assets to the establishment of a community wealth fund.
A
Answered by: Mims Davies
Answered on: 05 June 2019

Following the independent Dormant Assets Commission’s report and findings, an industry blueprint for expanding the scheme was published in April 2019, setting out a long-term plan for how additional dormant assets could be included.

We are working proactively with industry partners to enable this expansion that could see hundreds of millions of additional funds being released to good causes. Under the current legislation, this money can only be used to fund initiatives relating to youth, financial inclusion or via a social investment wholesaler. We are proud of our impact to date in these areas, which has created more than 26,000 jobs and training opportunities and helped more than 2,000 vulnerable individuals into suitable housing.

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(Birmingham, Ladywood)
Asked on: 20 May 2019
Home Office
West Midlands Police: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to increase funding for West Midlands Police to tackle violent crime.
A
Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 29 May 2019

The Government is determined to do everything it can to tackle knife crime and break the deadly cycle of violence that devastates the lives of victims, families and communities.

We are taking action to address these increases on a number of fronts in support of our Serious Violence Strategy. This includes providing the police with the powers and resources they need to take effective action in all areas of the country. Through the Offensive Weapons Act we are tightening the law in relation to knives, including making it an offence to possess certain offensive weapons in private, and stopping knives being sent to residential addresses after they are bought online unless the seller has arrangements with a delivery company to verify age. We are also introducing new Knife Crime Prevention Orders, requested by the police to help them to tackle young people who are on the cusp of serious violence, to help them make more positive lifestyle choices. We also continue to support the police national weeks of action against knife crime under Operation Sceptre.

The police funding settlement provides the police with the biggest increase in funding since 2010, and in addition we are providing the additional £100 million to tackle serious violence announced in the Spring Statement on 13 March, which includes £80m of new funding from the Treasury. £63.4 million of this funding has already been allocated to 18 police forces most affected by serious violence to pay for surge operational activity, including increased patrols, and £1.6 million to help improve the quality of data on serious violence, particularly knife crime, to support planning and operations. West Midlands has been allocated £7.62m from this fund. A full list of the forces and the funding they have received from the serious violence fund is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/police-granted-funding-boost-for-action-on-serious-violence.

The remaining £35m from the Serious Violence Fund will be invested in Violence Reduction Units, which will support the local response in a number of areas worst affected by serious violence. VRUs will bring together a range of agencies including health, education, social services and others, to develop a multi-agency approach to preventing serious violence altogether. We are working closely with local partners to develop proposals for Violence Reduction Units, and will be seeking to make announcements on this funding in early June.

We are also raising awareness among young people of the dangers of carrying a knife through our national media campaign - #knifefree – and supporting early intervention through the £22 million Early Intervention Youth Fund, which is already supporting 29 local projects, including around £2m allocated to the Police and Crime Commissioner in the West Midlands to target young people identified as being most at risk, particularly those at risk of exclusion from school, and those already engaged in crime and violence.

We have also introduced the £200 million Youth Endowment Fund, which will be delivered over the next 10 years to support interventions with children and young people at risk of involvement in crime and violence, focusing on those most at risk. The charity Impetus, working in partnership with the Early Intervention Foundation and Social Investment Business, is now operating the Fund.

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Asked by Mr Steve Reed
(Croydon North)
[N]
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Asked on: 20 May 2019
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Third Sector: Capital Investment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of organisations set up by the Government to provide capital to (a) social entrepreneurs, (b) community businesses and (c) voluntary organisations.
A
Answered by: Mims Davies
Answered on: 23 May 2019

Government has not set up any such organisation. Government does provide funding to a range of independent organisations that provide capital to social entrepreneurs, community businesses and voluntary organisations, including the Social Investment Business, Bridges, Key Fund, and the Social Tech Trust.

Government continues to monitor the performance of all of this funding on an ongoing basis.

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Asked by Chi Onwurah
(Newcastle upon Tyne Central)
[N]
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Asked on: 13 May 2019
Home Office
Knives: Crime
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to help ensure that there is no increase in knife crime in Newcastle.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 16 May 2019

The Government is determined to do everything it can to tackle knife crime and break the deadly cycle of violence that devastates the lives of victims, families and communities. The latest statistics published by the Office for National Statistics on 25 April for the year ending December 2018 show an increase of 6 per cent in police recorded knife crime across England and Wales, including a 4 per cent increase in the Northumbria police area.

We are taking action to address these increases on a number of fronts in support of our Serious Violence Strategy. This includes providing the police with the powers and resources they need to take effective action in all areas of the country. Through the Offensive Weapons Act we are tightening the law in relation to knives, including making it an offence to possess certain offensive weapons in private, and stopping knives being sent to residential addresses after they are bought online unless the seller has arrangements with a delivery company to verify age. We are also introducing new Knife Crime Prevention Orders, requested by the police to help them to tackle young people who are on the cusp of serious violence, to help them make more positive lifestyle choices. We also continue to support the police national weeks of action against knife crime under Operation Sceptre.

The police funding settlement provides the police with the biggest increase in funding since 2010, and in addition we are providing the additional £100 million to tackle serious violence announced in the Spring Statement on 13 March, which includes £80m of new funding from the Treasury. The majority of the investment will go towards supporting the police forces most affected by the violence we are seeing, but the funding will also support Violence Reduction Units, bringing together a range of agencies, including health, education, social services and others, to develop a multi-agency approach to preventing serious violence. £63.4 million of this funding has already been allocated to 18 police forces most affected by serious violence to pay for surge operational activity, including increased patrols, and £1.6 million to help improve the quality of data on serious violence, particularly knife crime, to support planning and operations. Northumbria has been allocated £2.32m from this fund.

We are also raising awareness among young people of the dangers of carrying a knife through our national media campaign - #knifefree – and supporting early intervention through the £22 million Early Intervention Youth Fund, which is already supporting 29 local projects, including £371,632 allocated to the Police and Crime Commissioner in Northumbria to target young people on the periphery of involvement with the criminal justice system, as a result of their escalating offending behaviour.

We have also introduced the £200 million Youth Endowment Fund, which will be delivered over the next 10 years to support interventions with children and young people at risk of involvement in crime and violence, focusing on those most at risk. The charity Impetus, working in partnership with the Early Intervention Foundation and Social Investment Business, is now operating the Fund

A full list of the forces and the funding they have received from the serious violence fund is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/police-granted-funding-boost-for-action-on-serious-violence.

Asked on: 30 April 2019
Home Office
Knives: Crime
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of knife crime offences in England and Wales in 2018.
Answered on: 15 May 2019

The Government is very concerned about increases in knife crime and its impact on victims, families and communities. The latest statistics published by the Office for National Statistics on 25 April for the year ending December 2018 show an increase of 6 per cent in police recorded knife crime.

The action we are taking to tackle knife crime is set out in our Serious Vio-lence Strategy and includes new legislation in the Offensive Weapons Bill to introduce Knife Crime Prevention Orders, to make it an offence to possess certain offensive weapons in private, and stopping knives being sent to residential addresses after they are bought online unless the seller has arrangements with a delivery company to verify age.

We are also raising awareness among young people of the dangers of carrying a knife through our national media campaign - #knifefree – and supporting early intervention through the £22 million Early Intervention Youth Fund, which is already supporting 29 local projects, and we have also introduced the £200 million Youth Endowment Fund, which will be delivered over the next 10 years to support interventions with children and young people at risk of involvement in crime and violence, focusing on those most at risk. The charity Impetus, working in partnership with the Early Intervention Foundation and Social Investment Business, is now operating the Fund We also continue to support the police national weeks of action under Operation Sceptre.

In addition, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced in the Spring Statement on 13 March that there will be £100 million additional funding for the police in 2019/20 to tackle serious violence, including £80m of new funding from the Treasury. The majority of the investment will largely go towards supporting police forces most affected by the violence we are seeing, but the funding will also support Violence Reduction Units, bringing together a range of agencies, including health, education, social services and others, to develop a multi-agency approach to preventing serious violence.

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Asked by Alex Sobel
(Leeds North West)
[N]
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Asked on: 18 April 2019
Home Office
Knives: Crime
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of knives carried on the streets in Yorkshire and the Humber.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 25 April 2019

The Government is very concerned about increases in knife crime and its impact on victims, families and communities. The action we are taking is set out in our Serious Violence Strategy and includes new legislation in the Offensive Weapons Bill, raising awareness among young people of the dangers of carrying a knife, supporting local early intervention projects and continuing police action under Operation Sceptre. The latest anti-knife crime week of action under Operation Sceptre took place from 11-18 March.

We are encouraging the police to use stop and search. It is a vital policing tool when used correctly and officers have the Government's full support to use these powers in a targeted way that is fair, lawful and effective. The Home Secretary has announced he is relaxing voluntary best practice guidance around the use of Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act, which allows officers to stop and search anyone in a designated area in anticipation of serious violence.

The changes will allow the police to more quickly and effectively use these powers in anticipation of serious violence, safeguarding the public.
We have also listened to the police request that we introduce new Knife Crime Prevention Orders to help them to divert those involved in knife crime away from a violent lifestyle. The Government introduced the new Order in the Offensive Weapons Bill, currently awaiting Royal Assent.

The Offensive Weapons Bill includes specific new knives offences, in par-ticular making it an offence to possess certain offensive weapons in private, and stopping knives being sent to residential addresses after they are bought online unless the seller has arrangements with a delivery company to verify age. These measures are designed to help the police in their re-sponse to knife crime.

In addition to supporting the police on law enforcement, our Serious Vio-lence Strategy stresses the importance of early intervention to tackle the root causes of serious violence and provide young people with the skills and resilience to lead productive lives free from violence. This is why we are providing £22 million to support early intervention and prevention projects through our Early Intervention Youth Fund which is already supporting 29 projects in England and Wales, including the Box Clever project in Humber-side.

We are also supporting a national knife crime media campaign - #knifefree - to raise awareness of the consequences of knife crime. Its initial campaign was launched in March 2018 across England and Wales and activity includ-ed video on demand, street posters, social media, digital audio and video and partner engagement. The latest campaign went live on 1 April 2019.

Last October, the Government also announced a new £200 million Youth Endowment Fund to be delivered over 10 years to support interventions with children and young people at risk of involvement in crime and violence, focusing on those most at risk to steer them away from becoming serious offenders. This is now up and running and the charity Impetus, working in partnership with the Early Intervention Foundation and Social Investment Business, is operating the Fund.

In addition, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced in the Spring Statement on 13 March that there will be £100 million additional funding for the police in 2019/20 to tackle serious violence, including £80m of new funding from the Treasury. The majority of the investment will largely go towards supporting police forces most affected by the violence we are see-ing, but the funding will also support Violence Reduction Units, bringing to-gether a range of agencies, including health, education, social services and others, to develop a multi-agency approach to preventing serious violence.

The Prime Minister also hosted the Serious Youth Violence Summit from 1 – 4 April that underlined the whole of Government approach we are taking to tackle this issue. At this summit, the Prime Minister announced she would be chairing a new Ministerial Taskforce, supported by a dedicated Cabinet Office team, to oversee the cross-government programme of ac-tion.

On 1 April, we also launched our consultation on a new legal duty to ensure public bodies take action to prevent serious violence. The consultation will close on 28 May. It explores how a legal duty will support effective multi-agency work. It is open to everyone to respond and can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/serious-violence-new-legal-duty-to-support-multi-agency-action.

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Asked by Mr Steve Reed
(Croydon North)
[N]
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Asked on: 18 March 2019
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Third Sector
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to page 100 of the Government's Civil Society Strategy, published in August 2018, what steps his Department has undertaken to work with civil society partners, including the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s Communities Partnership Board, to explore ways of raising awareness and enabling use of the community shares model in options to encourage community ownership of assets and within onward devolution approaches.
A
Answered by: Mims Davies
Answered on: 26 March 2019

Government is fully committed to the Civil Society Strategy: it is the beginning of an ambitious, evolving work programme to help build a strong society. As stated in the Strategy, community shares is a sustainable social investment model that empowers communities by giving members – as part-owners – a direct say in the success of an enterprise, encouraging them to play an active part in its future.

As part of developing a MHCLG Communities Framework, building on the work of the Civil Society Strategy, we are engaging with sector partners, to explore future options to ensure we create socially and economically strong communities, where community shares and community assets play a central role in supporting communities deliver their priorities. As part of the Government’s commitment to understanding what models of funding will best sustain the community ownership of assets, MHCLG are currently working with Power to Change on a jointly funded programme of research which will undertake a detailed economic assessment of assets in community ownership. The research which will be published in summer 2019 will inform a wide range of audiences including the voluntary and community sector, local government, funders and the emergent community business sector on effective approaches to supporting the community ownership of assets.

Asked on: 12 March 2019
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Social Enterprises
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are giving to social enterprise start ups in the UK.
A
Answered by: Lord Ashton of Hyde
Answered on: 21 March 2019

The Civil Society Strategy sets out a long term vision for how government will work for and with civil society, and recognises the importance of responsible business and social enterprise in creating meaningful social value for civil society and the UK economy.

To build on the UK’s reputation as a global leader in social enterprise, this government continues to champion procurement for social value, support campaigns that raise awareness about the positive impact of purposeful businesses, build the social investment market, and support social enterprises to address issues at scale.

For example, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has committed £3million to supporting the growth and sustainability of mutuals. This includes a package of support announced in January 2018 worth £1.7million to help new mutuals to emerge and existing ones to grow. The Department for Business, Economy and Industrial Strategy has also invested over £56m in the network of 38 Local Growth Hubs across England. In 2017-18 Growth Hubs helped over 130,000 businesses, including social enterprises, and over 8,000 individuals to start-up, thrive and grow. A further £12m has been committed for 2019-20.

The Business Support Helpline also provides trusted and impartial advice to businesses across England. In 2018 it helped around 31,500 businesses, of which 65% were entrepreneurs and start-ups. The government continues to develop online support through GOV.UK, ensuring businesses including social enterprises can access the key information they need on running their business any time they wish.

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Asked by Mr Steve Reed
(Croydon North)
[N]
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Asked on: 18 March 2019
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Third Sector
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to page 60 of the Government's Civil Society Strategy, published August 2018, what steps his Department has taken to work with Big Society Capital and others to develop new models of community funding.
A
Answered by: Mims Davies
Answered on: 21 March 2019

The Civil Society Strategy is long term, setting out our vision for government’s work with and for civil society over the next 10 years and beyond. As we said in the Strategy, we believe there is a need for long-term, sustained relationships between communities and investors, with local funding that meets the specific investment requirements of the community, develops local resilience, and has the ability to attract private capital at scale.

Big Society Capital and Access (The Foundation for Social Investment) are devoting around £35 million funding to initiating this effort and have been working with national and local funders and civil society organisations to prepare for the launch of “Local Access”, a new programme designed to build the resilience of local charities and social enterprises in around 5 local areas, which will be identified over the coming months. The programme will run for up to 10 years and will provide long term support and investment to launch and grow enterprise ideas, with funding largely devolved to local partnerships.

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Asked on: 28 February 2019
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Social Enterprise World Forum
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government which minister will represent them at the Social Enterprise World Forum in Ethiopia in October 2019.
A
Answered by: Lord Ashton of Hyde
Answered on: 13 March 2019

The British Council’s Social Enterprise Leadership programme in Ethiopia, delivered in partnership with UK experts, has trained 40 social enterprises to develop 38 master-trainers capable of cascading training to other social enterprises. For example, one intermediary organisation has in turn provided training to over 300 community leaders, has established a forum and is conducting research to support the craft industry.

The establishment of the new trade association for social enterprises in Ethiopia is directly attributed to UK inspiration, taking lessons from Social Enterprise UK. UK sector expertise has been deployed to support policy training for policy makers, sharing best practice including UK Government initiatives such as the Social Value Act. The implementation of the British Council’s Business Investment Readiness (BIR) programme aims to strengthen 60 social enterprises in Ethiopia, providing support to enhance and scale the impact of their work. BIR facilitates collaboration between a social enterprise and social investment intermediary organisations in the UK.

The 2019 Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) will provide multiple opportunities to showcase to global policy-makers, academic, international development actors and corporates how the UK has supported Ethiopia’s growing social enterprise movement. Officials from the British Council and DCMS attended the SEWF in Edinburgh last year and will review attendance with ministers in due course.

Grouped Questions: HL14134
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Asked on: 28 February 2019
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Social Enterprises: Ethiopia
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to enable the UK social enterprise sector to share its expertise with social enterprises in Ethiopia.
A
Answered by: Lord Ashton of Hyde
Answered on: 13 March 2019

The British Council’s Social Enterprise Leadership programme in Ethiopia, delivered in partnership with UK experts, has trained 40 social enterprises to develop 38 master-trainers capable of cascading training to other social enterprises. For example, one intermediary organisation has in turn provided training to over 300 community leaders, has established a forum and is conducting research to support the craft industry.

The establishment of the new trade association for social enterprises in Ethiopia is directly attributed to UK inspiration, taking lessons from Social Enterprise UK. UK sector expertise has been deployed to support policy training for policy makers, sharing best practice including UK Government initiatives such as the Social Value Act. The implementation of the British Council’s Business Investment Readiness (BIR) programme aims to strengthen 60 social enterprises in Ethiopia, providing support to enhance and scale the impact of their work. BIR facilitates collaboration between a social enterprise and social investment intermediary organisations in the UK.

The 2019 Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) will provide multiple opportunities to showcase to global policy-makers, academic, international development actors and corporates how the UK has supported Ethiopia’s growing social enterprise movement. Officials from the British Council and DCMS attended the SEWF in Edinburgh last year and will review attendance with ministers in due course.

Grouped Questions: HL14133
Q
Asked by Peter Dowd
(Bootle)
Asked on: 20 February 2019
Treasury
Enterprise Investment Scheme
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many claims were made under the Enterprise Investment Scheme in 2018, and what the average income was of the claimants.
A
Answered by: Mel Stride
Answered on: 01 March 2019

HMRC publishes annual reports on the number of investors claiming tax relief under the Enterprise Investment Scheme. Information for the tax year 2016-17 can be found in Table 8.5 here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/enterprise-investment-scheme-seed-enterprise-investment-scheme-and-social-investment-tax-relief-statistics-may-2018

Information for the tax year 2017-18 will be published in May 2019. Information for the tax year 2018-19 will not be available until 2020.

Information about the average income of the claimants is only available at disproportionate cost.

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Asked by Mr Steve Reed
(Croydon North)
[N]
Close

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: 04 February 2019
Treasury
Social Enterprises: Tax Allowances
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to page 75 of the Government's Civil Society Strategy published in August 2018, what the timetable is for the review of Social Investment Tax Relief.
A
Answered by: Mel Stride
Answered on: 07 February 2019

At Budget 2018, the government confirmed it will review the Social Investment Tax Relief in 2019. This is in line with commitments made when the scheme was expanded in 2017. The Call for Evidence will be published in the spring and we will publish a response later this year.

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Asked by Mr Steve Reed
(Croydon North)
[N]
Close

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: 28 January 2019
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Social Enterprises
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to page 59 of the Government's Civil Society Strategy published in August 2018, what measures have been considered by his Department to unlock and boost social impact investment.
A
Answered by: Mims Davies
Answered on: 31 January 2019

We are fully committed to the Civil Society Strategy: it is the beginning of an ambitious, evolving work programme to help build a strong society. As part of this, government is continuing its work to consider additional measures to boost social impact investment. For example, an additional £125m of dormant assets has been, and will be, allocated to Big Society Capital in the period 2017-2020, and an additional £10m has been allocated to Access - The Foundation for Social Investment. This is in addition to the £60m government grant to Access, of which £3.9 million will be provided in 2019 and £5.0m in 2020. A £3.2million social investment fund has recently been launched by DCMS: the Northern Cultural Regeneration Social Investment Fund will start extending loans to cultural and creative organisations in the North of England from April 2019.

In 2018, the Prime Minister asked Elizabeth Corley to lead the Taskforce on Impact Investment and DCMS ministers and officials are supporting the work of this taskforce. DCMS ministers and officials also continue to work with departments to identify other opportunities for social investment to support the government’s priorities. The Social Housing Green Paper, published in August 2018, described social investment as an opportunity to increase the quality and quantity of social housing, and the government’s Rough Sleeping Strategy commits to the use of Social Impact Bonds to meet the government’s targets to reduce rough sleeping.

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Asked by Lord Mawson
Asked on: 14 January 2019
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Social Enterprises: Investment
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate, if any, they have made of the number of social investment vehicles which compete to lend to the same charities and small and medium-sized enterprises.
A
Answered by: Lord Ashton of Hyde
Answered on: 28 January 2019

Social investment funds are independently regulated, and subject to their own respective due diligence processes, target market and risk and return objectives. Any losses are assessed and accounted for within their own governance, reporting and risk management processes. The government has made no independent assessment of the number of competing funds and the gains/losses made.

Big Society Capital operates independently from government and sets what it considers to be an appropriate interest rate.

Government has not been made aware of any evidence of mis selling to charities and small and medium-sized enterprises.

Individual social investment vehicles measure and publish their own impact assessments based on the specific geography and nature of investments made.

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