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Voluntary Work

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate he has made of the number of (a) formal and (b) informal volunteers in England and Wales in each of the last 15 years. (235567)

[holding answer 13 November 2008]: The number of formal and informal volunteers are measured each year by the Citizenship Survey, which began in 2001. There are no comparable figures available before this date. Figures since 2001 in England and Wales are as follows:

England

At least once a month

At least once a year

2001

2003

2005

2007-08

2001

2003

2005

2007-08

Percentage who had engaged in each activity

Informal volunteering

34

37

37

35

67

63

68

64

Formal volunteering

27

28

29

27

39

42

44

43

All respondents

9,430

8,922

9,195

8,804

9,430

8,922

9,195

8,804

Equivalent number of people, estimate (Million)

Informal volunteering

13.5

14.9

14.9

14.4

26.5

25.1

27.4

26.4

Formal volunteering

10.5

11.1

11.6

11.1

15.3

17

17.9

17.7

Population base1

39.5

40

40.3

41.1

39.5

40

40.3

41.1

1 2007-08 population figures based on Office for National Statistics 2006 mid-year estimates.

Wales: Formal and informal volunteering (regular and last year) 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2007-08

Regular volunteering (at least once a month)

Volunteering at least once in the last year

2001

2003

2005

2007-08

2001

2003

2005

2007-08

Percentage who had engaged in each activity

Formal volunteering

28

25

31

27

41

40

47

37

Informal volunteering

31

32

42

30

64

54

69

54

All respondents

585

564

496

532

585

564

496

532

Equivalent number of people (Estimate)

Formal volunteering

651,698

577,911

741,122

651,523

959,051

931,317

1,125,405

882,467

Informal volunteering

726,281

753,002

998,529

727,875

1,477,986

1,274,412

1,631,666

1,295,486

Population base1

2,316,500

2,341,400

2,380,000

2,404,700

2,316,500

2,341,400

2,380,000

2,404,700

1 2007-08 population figures based on ONS 2006 mid-year estimates.

Notes:

1. 2005 population figures based on ONS 2004 mid-year population estimates.

2. 2003 population figures based on ONS 2002 mid-year population estimates.

3. 2001 population figures based on ONS 2001 mid-year population estimates.

Source:

Citizenship Survey, Communities and Local Government