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Third Sector

Volume 495: debated on Monday 6 July 2009

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate she has made of the Government funding allocated to third sector organisations in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09. (284212)

The latest information held by the Office of the Third Sector relates to estimates of central Government spending on the third sector in 2005-06 and estimates of local government spending on the third sector in 2003-04.

These figures show that central Government spending on the third sector in 2005-06 is estimated at £5.4 billion. Local government spending on the third sector in 2003-04 is estimated at £4.2 billion.

Both reports are published at:

http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/third_sector/Research_and_statistics/third_sector_research/expenditure.aspx

For auditing reasons, there is a time lag for officially published data but the NCVO Civil Society Almanac provides an estimate of the total amount of public funding received by general charities and for 2006-07 they put this figure at £12 billion.

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what information is held by (a) the Office for the Third Sector and (b) her Department on the level of Government funding for (i) charities, (ii) voluntary organisations and (iii) social enterprises. (284213)

The Office of the Third Sector publishes information on central and local government spending on the third sector. Latest figures relate to central Government spending on the third sector in 2005-06, and local government spending on the third sector in 2003-04. However it is not possible to show funding for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises separately.

Both reports are published and available at:

http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/third_sector/Research_ and_statistics/third_sector_research/expenditure.aspx

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which of her Department’s programmes allocate funding to charities, social enterprises and voluntary organisations. (284278)

The Office of the Third Sector, in Cabinet Office runs a variety of programmes allocating funding to charities, social enterprises and voluntary organisations. Expenditure on these programmes and programme descriptions are reported annually in the Cabinet Office Annual Report and Accounts.