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Big Society Network

Question for Department for Communities and Local Government

UIN 211938, tabled on 27 October 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether his Department has seconded any officials or special advisers to the Big Society Network since 2010.

Answered on

17 November 2014

My Department has not awarded any contract or provided any office space to the Big Society Network.

Five members of staff were informally seconded to the Network during the summer/autumn of 2010, assisting with projects such as participatory budgeting and the Big Lunch. There was no direct cost to the Department of these placements; the notional value of the staff time in 2010 was in the region of £25,000 to £30,000.

Secondments help staff get experience of outside sectors, bringing back new knowledge and skills to the Department. We have seconded staff to similar organisations on a temporary basis, such as Barnados, the Children's Society and the Prince's Trust.