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Volume 492: debated on Wednesday 20 May 2009

9. To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what steps he plans to take to assist charities in the current economic situation. (276404)

In addition to “Real Help for Communities” we will shortly be announcing details of the £16.7 million fund announced in the Budget to help third sector organisations facing hardship as a result of the global economic crisis.

I am continuing to listen to the sector, for example, by co-chairing a follow-up recession summit with that National Council for Voluntary Organisations on 10 June, to understand the ongoing effects of the recession.