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Local Forums Against Extremism And Islamophobia
OrganisationProject descriptionProposed grant

Gateshead Interfaith Forum

Gateshead Interfaith Forum will work closely with Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council to set up a Gateshead forum against extremism and Islamophobia, which will be run as a pilot in 08/09.

£9,925 (08/09)

Northampton Race Equality Council

The project will establish a local forum across Northamptonshire with representation from the diversity of Muslim groups across the county.

£14,800 (08/09)

Chiltern District Council

Chiltern's Community Cohesion and Prevent Forum will work with local Muslim groups to stimulate integration and improve understanding of the local Muslim community as well as celebrate the rich cultural diversity of the area. The group will also seek to involve the wider community by organising a major event in the community with high level speakers promoting peace and harmony and positive discussion around violent extremism.

£3,000 (08/09)

Halton Borough Council

The project will work across the two local authority areas of Warrington and Halton to promote awareness via local mosques, local Muslim women's groups, Muslim youth initiatives and Local Islamic trusts. The project will create a Halton/Warrington community group, which will address issues around violent extremism. The group will comprise local partners, such as the Police and the CDRP and local Muslim communities.

£3,000 (08/09)

Wokingham Borough Council

The project's main aim will be to promote a wider understanding of mainstream Muslim theology, understanding and respect. Wokingham Borough Council will establish a Women Against Violent Extremism Forum. The forum will be made up of women from all communities and faiths, to include Muslim women in particular. The purpose of the group will be to promote a safe environment for debate around the issues of violent extremism, Islamophobia, identity and community cohesion.

£3,000 (08/09)

Muslim Welfare Association, Derbyshire

The project aims to provide opportunities for Muslims to come together, in safe forums, to explore the issues they are facing as Muslims living in the north-east of Derbyshire. This will be done by facilitating regular forum meetings for young Muslims, Muslim women and Muslim elders. Each of the forums will provide an opportunity and a safe environment for the target groups to meet regularly to share common cultural practices and life experiences as law-abiding British Muslim citizens. Also, the forum meetings will enable group participants to provide mutual support and share concerns they may have regarding any potential extremist activities/ideas in the local area.

£3,000 (09/10)

Counter-Terrorism Act


Asked by Baroness Neville-Jones

The Financial Services Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Myners): HM Treasury has worked with the Joint Money Laundering Steering Group (JMLSG) to assist in drafting guidance on Directions under the Counter-Terrorism Act 2008.

The guidance has been published by the JMLSG on its website: and has been formally submitted to HM Treasury for approval.

HM Treasury has also worked with HM Revenue and Customs to assist in drafting Guidance for Money Service Businesses on complying with Directions issued under the Counter Terrorism Act 2008 Schedule 7. This is due to be published shortly.

If HM Treasury makes a direction under Schedule 7 of the Counter-Terrorism Act it will issue any necessary further guidance.

Crime: Northern Ireland


Asked by Lord Laird

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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Bach): It is anticipated that a consultation paper on the use of two counsel will issue in September 2009.

Department for International Development: DEL


Asked by Baroness Northover

Lord Tunnicliffe: The Department for International Development’s transfer of £1 million to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) for the Returns and Reintegration Fund (RRF) was within the planned allocation for the RRF for 2008/09.

Asked by Baroness Northover

Lord Tunnicliffe: The Department for International Development’s funding for International Inspiration is being used across all countries selected for funding from the initiative. To date this includes: India, Brazil, Palau, Azerbaijan, Zambia, Trinidad and Tobago, Bangladesh, Ghana, Mozambique and Jordan. The programme supports projects that directly engage young people in sport, and supports local sports clubs and training programmes for sport coaches. It also works to engage governments to create a sustainable sports policy.

DfID does not manage the programme directly because it is not a DfID initiative. It was initiated as a result of the Olympic bid in Singapore 2005 so it is co-ordinated by the UK Government's Olympic Executive. Funding is routed through the Department for Culture Media and Sport, but the programme is managed by UK Sport, Unicef and the British Council all of whom have experience in developing and delivering international development projects.

DfID decided to provide funding to the programme because of its focus on using sport to transform the lives of children and young people in schools and communities in developing countries.

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Department of Health: Arts/Health Group


Asked by Lord Howarth of Newport

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Darzi of Denham): The objectives of the department's Arts in Health group, which form the terms of reference, are to:

Develop a strategy for delivering the recommendations of the 2007 Report of the Review of Arts in Health Working Group;Develop further links with other government departments and agencies including the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Arts Council England; andHelp maintain the profile of arts and healthcare across the National Health Service and for wider public health.

The department’s Arts in Health group was established to co-ordinate internal arts in health activity and to deliver the stated objectives. Its remit as a group is not to receive representations from and to meet outside individuals and organisations. Individual members of the group, however, have met with several outside individuals and organisations. Further consideration is being given to how the department can communicate with the many arts in health organisations around the country who would like to make representations.

Membership of the department's Arts in Health group currently comprises representatives from the programmes as listed in the following table.

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Membership of the Department’s Arts in Health group

Allied Health Professions

Care Services Improvement Partnership

Equality and Human Rights

Healthcare Associated Infection and Cleanliness

Healthcare Associated Infection and Cleanliness (Patient Environment)


Patient and Public Empowerment

Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships - Older People and Dementia,

“Putting People First”, Mental Health

Third Sector Partnership team

Vascular Programme (Coronary Heart Disease, Stroke, Diabetes, Renal)

Work - Nutrition - Physical Activity - Children and Young People

The department’s Arts in Health group has met once since 16 September 2008. At that meeting on 10 November 2008 the issue of embedding arts and health into the department's policy was discussed. While the department supports several arts-related programmes, the group recognised that further work needs to be done to establish arts and health firmly within departmental policy. There has been difficulty in identifying a single clinical lead to add legitimacy to the work and there have been no dedicated resources available. Since the November meeting, funding has been secured for 2009-2010 to provide expert advice to support the development of the department's internal structure in relation to arts and health.

Professor Louis Appleby and Professor Rob Smith have been appointed the department's joint leads on arts in health. Several briefings have been offered to Ministers relating to Arts in Health matters, however, there have been no direct policy submissions.

Progress on the eight recommendations of the 2007 Report of the Review of Arts and Health Working Group include the following.

Recommendation 1

The Secretary of State for Health made a statement that the arts have a key role to play in healthcare in his speech at the Wallace Collection in London on 16 September 2009. Since resources have been made available for 2009-2010, the department is now in a position to consider how arts and health can be included more regularly in its policies, and whether systems and incentives should be adapted to reflect the contribution of arts and health.

Recommendation 2

The joint publication of the department and Health and Arts Council England A prospectus for arts and health was published in 2007 and this has already been placed in the Library.

Recommendation 4

The department has had initial discussions with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and other interested organisations in relation to identifying funding sources and identifying how arts and health can contribute more fully to health and wider government objectives.

Recommendation 8

The department currently encourages NHS organisations proposing new build and refurbishment schemes to build in provision for arts and health through its existing guidance and the capital investment process.

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The funding secured for 2009-2010 will enable the department to call on specific arts and health expertise, which will support the development of objectives over the coming year relating to both internal policy development and external liaison with stakeholders and co-ordination of work in the expanding field of arts and health.

Disabled Children


Asked by Lord Morris of Manchester

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Darzi of Denham): I understand the trust has been in recent communication with the family and has apologised. It has now reviewed its procedures in the light of national guidelines and the need to continue to develop the best possible local practices. Disabled children receive services based not on their diagnoses, but on their needs as assessed by a multidisciplinary team.

Equality and Human Rights Commission


Asked by Lord Ouseley

The Lord President of the Council (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon): Some organisations in receipt of public funds have chosen not to make public their staff satisfaction survey results. There is no rule that organisations should do so, nor that such surveys are conducted.

Gypsies and Travellers


Asked by Baroness Whitaker

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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Andrews): The Government welcome the report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission. It highlights the continuing need for local authorities to press forward on work to identify appropriate locations for authorised sites for Gypsies and Travellers. The delivery of authorised sites in appropriate locations will help to reduce the number of unauthorised sites and the tensions that these can cause with the settled community, as well as reduce the need for, and cost of, enforcement action.

Health: Dementia


Asked by Lord Morris of Manchester

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Darzi of Denham): National leadership for the delivery of the strategy will continue to come from the department. We are looking at the case for a national clinical director for dementia.

Health: Former UK Residents


Asked by Lord Laird

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Darzi of Denham): Under European Union regulations (1408/71), European Economic Area (EEA) member states reimburse each other for the cost of providing healthcare to each other's tourists, workers, pensioners and the dependants of both groups. Under these regulations, payments are made on either an actual or average cost basis, depending on the category of the individual. The following table shows the breakdown of claims by the United Kingdom against each member state in 2007-08.

There are no similar arrangements with regard to non-EEA countries.

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