Dear Madam,

I refer to your email of 22 April.  The answers to your questions are as follows;

The Shared Services Pilot Project referred to in the Single Outcome Agreement has been taken forward collaboratively by Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee Science Centre and Dundee Rep.  DCA have provided the leadership for the initiative. The Dundee Partnership’s Learning and Culture Theme Group has received regular verbal updates on progress with the initiative and these are reflected in its minutes which are posted, once approved, on the Dundee Partnership website.

There are three organisations in Dundee that have achieved and sustained foundation status.  These are Dundee Rep, Scottish Dance Theatre and Dundee Contemporary Arts.

The full details of the performance and budget allocations for third party organisations funded by Dundee City Council is reported annually to Committee with any further  information.  Most recently, at its meeting on Monday 22 April 2013, the City Council approved budget allocations to third party organisations for the current financial year and a copy of this report is attached.