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Volume 455: debated on Thursday 18 January 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much from public funds has been allocated to the v charity, broken down by (a) management and administration costs, (b) funding for volunteering grants and (c) other costs. (109847)

The Government announced in Budget 2005 that up to £100 million of public funds would be available for funding the Russell Commission framework over the period of 2006 to 2009. The Cabinet Office has budgeted £50 million to implement the 16 Russell Commission recommendations, the majority of which of which will go to v. A small amount is being retained by the Cabinet Office to support the implementation of recommendations which the Government are responsible for. The Treasury will match-fund money v raises from the private sector on a pound-for-pound basis up to a maximum of £50 million.

v has received the following grants up to 5 January 2006:

(a) a strategic grant of £1.4 million for management and admin costs;

(b) a volunteering grant of £5.2 million, which makes up part of the volunteering opportunities grant; and

(c) a project grant of £2.8 million for ‘other’ (sector infrastructure and awareness) to promote volunteering opportunities.