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Voluntary Sector Funding

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 17 July 2007

25. To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make a statement on trends in the level of Government funding for voluntary sector organisations. (149818)

Recent surveys indicate that Government funding for voluntary sector organisations has doubled between 1996-07 (£5 billion) and 2004-05 (£10 billion). Initiatives like Futurebuilders, Capacitybuilders, the Invest to Save budget, expansion of Gift Aid and the new youth volunteering charity, v, have helped build the third sector's ability to make a real difference in local communities. The announcement of the £30 million community assets fund and the £80 million scheme for grants for small community organisations continues to demonstrate the Government's commitment to supporting the third sector.