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Voluntary Sector

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

14. To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what funding his Department is providing to voluntary sector organisations working to assist deprived communities in 2008-09. (257861)

The Government are investing in deprived communities who need real help now. The third sector plays a vital role as a safety net and springboard for people in need and in recognition of this, investment by the Government in the third sector has doubled since 1997 to a total of £11 billion a year.

Two weeks ago, the Government launched the “Real Help for Communities Action Plan”, which provides a further £42.5 million from April 2009 to help volunteers, charities and social enterprises deliver more real help to those who need it most.

This included the £15.5 million community resilience fund, targeted at areas most at risk of increasing levels of deprivation due to the recession.