HC Deb 19 April 2004 vol 420 cc342-3W
Mr. Doug Henderson

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what resources his Department has put into community cohesion and regeneration through sport and physical activity based programmes in the last five years. [164685]

Yvette Cooper

Most Neighbourhood Renewal Unit (NRU) programmes and funding streams are allocated at local level. Therefore the exact amount of, for example, the Community Empowerment Fund or Neighbourhood Renewal Fund that have been spent on sports related interventions cannot be calculated.

Mr. Doug Henderson

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of sports and physical activity-based interventions in community cohesion and regeneration. [164687]

Yvette Cooper

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has not made an independent assessment but relies on the monitoring and evaluation carried out by lead Departments.


The Department of Health guidance is that adults participate in 30 minutes of moderate physical activity at least five times a week. Reaching this outcome will contribute to reducing health inequalities.

Community Safety

The Youth Justice Board has analysed the lives of young offenders in the communities where they live. They recommend an increase in interventions that 'demand healthy standards and the use of social and reasoning skills, provide opportunities for involvement, due praise and recognition'. The Neighbourhood Renewal Unit supports sports projects that meet these conditions.

Community Cohesion

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has worked with the Home Office Community Cohesion Cultural Practitioners Panel to understand the skills and competencies needed for sports workers who need to promote cohesion as part of their job.