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Written Question
Florence Nightingale Museum: Coronavirus
Monday 13th July 2020

Asked by: Lord Crisp (Crossbench - Life peer)

Question to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport:

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to 2020 being designated the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, what support they intend to make available to support the Florence Nightingale Museum to mitigate lost income during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Answered by Baroness Barran - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis officials and ministers have been in even more regular contact to understand the impact of the pandemic and the measures the Government has taken to fight it. And to understand what support museums and heritage organisations need and how best to get it to them.

The Government has also announced unprecedented support for business and workers, to protect them against the current economic emergency. Officials have been in regular contact with the Florence Nightingale Museum and are pleased that it has been able to benefit from measures such as the the Coronavirus Jobs Retention Scheme

We recognise the importance of the Florence Nightingale Museum and were pleased to collaborate with them to support their wonderful proposal to project a message of thanks to NHS and care staff onto the walls of the Houses of Parliament, to mark the bicentenary of Nightingale’s birth on 12th May and International Nurses’ Day. Furthermore, the Florence Nightingale Museum Trust was awarded £50,000 through the Heritage Emergency Fund so that they can continue their important work.


Written Question
Museums and Galleries: Coronavirus
Monday 13th July 2020

Asked by: Lord Crisp (Crossbench - Life peer)

Question to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport:

To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they have made, or intend to make, available to small museums which have had to close during the COVID-19 pandemic and are unable to cover their non-staffing and other costs.

Answered by Baroness Barran - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis officials and ministers have been in even more regular contact to understand the impact of the pandemic and the measures the Government has taken to fight it. And to understand what support museums and heritage organisations need and how best to get it to them.

In response to this information, DCMS arms’ length bodies have created sector specific support. The National Lottery Heritage Fund launched the £50 million Heritage Emergency Fund, and Historic England launched a £2 million Emergency Fund. This emergency short-term funding will help address pressures over the next 3-6 months for those organisations most in immediate need.

It is also worth noting that a fund has been set up for certain small businesses with ongoing fixed property-related costs, previously outside the scope of the business grant funds scheme, including small charity properties.

The Government continues to monitor the impact of these and other measures.


Written Question
Voluntary Work: Young People
Thursday 19th January 2017

Asked by: Lord Crisp (Crossbench - Life peer)

Question to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport:

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of young people in the United Kingdom who are classed as Not in Education Employment or Training are engaged in full-time volunteering.

Answered by Lord Ashton of Hyde

Government does not hold this information. However the independent evaluation of the National Citizen Service (NCS) in 2014 demonstrates that NCS graduates give back an additional 6 hours volunteering per month to their community.

On 14 December 2016 the Minister for Civil Society announced a review into full time social action by young people. The review will look at how to increase participation in full-time social action by reviewing the opportunities and barriers faced by organisations supporting young people. The advisory panel will include experts from the private and voluntary sectors and is expected to make recommendations to the Minister for Civil Society by October 2017.


Written Question
Voluntary Work: Young People
Thursday 19th January 2017

Asked by: Lord Crisp (Crossbench - Life peer)

Question to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport:

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many young people who have taken part in the National Citizen Service engage in full-time volunteering opportunities with organisations such as City Year UK, Volunteering Matters and vInspired, after taking part in the National Citizen Service.

Answered by Lord Ashton of Hyde

Government does not hold this information. However the independent evaluation of the National Citizen Service (NCS) in 2014 demonstrates that NCS graduates give back an additional 6 hours volunteering per month to their community.

On 14 December 2016 the Minister for Civil Society announced a review into full time social action by young people. The review will look at how to increase participation in full-time social action by reviewing the opportunities and barriers faced by organisations supporting young people. The advisory panel will include experts from the private and voluntary sectors and is expected to make recommendations to the Minister for Civil Society by October 2017.