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Non-profit Making Associations: Bexley

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the recession on not-for-profit organisations in the London Borough of Bexley. (273206)

The Office of the Third Sector (OTS) is working with key partners to understand the impact of the economic downturn on third sector organisations. At present the available evidence is incomplete and it is too soon to fully evaluate the impact of the downturn on the sector at a constituency level.

The Government continue to take the difficulties many third sector organisations face during this recession very seriously, which is why the £42.5 million package announced in “Real help for Communities: Volunteers, Charities and Social Enterprises” provides targeted help for the sector to face these challenges. This package of support was designed together with third sector leaders and took into account submissions from over 80 charities. This action plan builds on the wide range of measures the Government have put in place to support people through the economic downturn, and on the Government’s long-term commitment to voluntary organisations and social enterprises.

The OTS will continue to monitor this situation closely and work with its partners to share evidence on this issue and will host a sector-wide summit on the economic downturn in June. In addition, the Third Sector Research Centre will also be factoring the impact of the downturn into its analysis of the sector.