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Elderly: Charities

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what support her Department has given to charities which help the elderly in each of the last six years. (289709)

My Department works closely with a wide range of organisations both large and small, to ensure the voice of older people is heard. Funding from Government is not necessarily provided direct to charitable organisations, however, they can receive support through a range of processes.

For example, our LinkAge Plus pilots provided funding (£10 million) and engaged with local government, voluntary and community sectors including charities to ensure better information and access to services, putting older people at the forefront of service design and delivery.

More recently, my Department, along with DCSF, DH and the Office for the Third Sector is financing a £5.5 million programme to fund 12 sites encouraging intergenerational volunteering. These sites will be run by local authorities in partnership with the third sector including charities.

The Department funds partnerships between, for example, local authorities and voluntary groups. It is not possible to easily identify the proportion which goes to charities.