§ Baroness Byford
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What support they have given in the financial year 2002–03 to each of the voluntary bodies dealing with rural stress; how much is budgeted for 2003–04; and how much is planned for 2004–05. [HL4394]
§ Lord Whitty
The Government allocated £300,000 to fund the Rural Stress Action Plan to relieve the incidence of stress in rural areas in 2002–03. A similar sum was allocated in 2003–04. Defra, working in partnership with voluntary organisations dealing with rural stress, in turn allocated the money to the following organisations:
Breakdown of moneys allocated from Defra to Rural Stress Action Plan 2002–03 Project Vol Org £k Rural Support Initiative Fund Grant Scheme (to help fund small projects in rural areas) RSIN 100 Rural Demonstration Project RSIN 5 Partner Initiatives RABI 76 Samaritans 45 Tenant Support Initiative RSIN 5 Publicity RSIN 50 Training RSIN 10 RSIN Management RSIN 15 Total 306
Breakdown of moneys allocated from Defra to Rural Stress Action Plan 2003–04 Project Vol Org £k Farming Help RSIN 35 Joint partner complimentary support RABI/FCN 90 (FCN)  (RABI)  Stress proofing and rural recovery toolkits RSIN 37.3 Research to gather evidence RSIN 14.98 Understanding and relieving stress RSIN/CA (CA) amongst Norfolk intensive arable providing farmers co-funding 20 Rural Support Initiative Fund Grant Scheme (to help fund small projects in rural areas) RSIN 100 Farm Help publicity RSIN 35 Rural publicity RSIN 22 Total 319.28
Rural Stress Information Network (RSIN); Rural Agricultural Benevolent Institute (RABI); Farm Crisis Network (FCN); Countryside Agency (CA).
These figures are in addition to the £15 million we provided to the voluntary sector in England during the outbreak of foot and mouth disease to help relieve distress in rural areas. We are in the process of planning for 2004–05.