Are ASH still funded by the taxpayer?
According to Earl Howe in Hansard no was the answer on:
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Earl Howe): Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) received funding of £210,000 in 2009-10 and £220,000 in 2010-11 through the department’s Section 64 General Scheme of Grants to Voluntary and Community Organisations. ASH received these grants specifically to carry out a defined project entitled Capitalising on Smokefree: the way forward.
ASH did not make a grant application to the department’s Third Sector Investment Programme: Innovation, Excellence and Service Development Fund for 2011-12. The department currently has no other plans to provide ASH with funding in the next financial year.”
National treasure Philip Davies on the 15th June posed this question to Health Secretary Anne Milton.
“Philip Davies (Shipley, Conservative)
- Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 15 June 2011, c874W)
Earl Howe said let me remind you said “The department currently has no other plans to provide ASH with funding in the next financial year.”
I have since received this letter from the Department of Health, it says:
“At the time of Lord Howe’s statement, no decision has been made about whether to award a Section 64 grant to Action on Smoking and Health for 2011-2012. A grant of £150,000 has subsequently been awarded to ASH for work to support the delivery of some of the commitments in the Tobacco Control Plan for England, published last year.”
No peace for the wicked.