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Voluntary Work

Volume 503: debated on Wednesday 6 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have been referred for volunteering under the Volunteering Plus Scheme; and how many people have started on a volunteering scheme. (308223)

The number of referrals to the volunteering element of the six month offer is not available.

On 14 October 2009, we released official statistics on the number of jobseeker’s allowance customers taking up the volunteering element of the six month offer. This shows that between April 2009 and July 2009, 1,180 people started on the volunteering scheme. Provisional data for August show that a further 930 people started on the scheme.

The next quarterly statistical release for the six month offer will be published in January 2010.