Minister sets record straight on street parties

An interactive guide to organising community events, published by the Cabinet Office, will dispel a raft of inaccurate myths leading, it is hoped, to a surge in community events over the coming year.

Despite the success of community-led events around the Olympics and Jubilee, research by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills found that existing guidance lacked clarity and focused too much on what organisers could not do when organising charity fund-raisers, street parties or school fetes.

The ‘Focus on Enforcement Review of Volunteer Events’ research, found that concerns about food hygiene certificates, entertainment licences and insurance costs were rife.

As a result, the ‘Can Do’ guidance was established, with the input of a raft of local community organisations, and it sets out in plain English that most of these concerns are completely unwarranted.

Minister for Civil Society Nick Hurd said:

“We all want to build stronger communities. The idea that it is somehow impossible to run an event or throw a street party without getting through masses of red-tape is simply inaccurate. It is sad to think that events that can bring communities together don’t happen because of concerns around something as simple as a home baked cake needing a food certificate and this guide busts these myths.”

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