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Voluntary and Community Organisations

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 15th May 2006.

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Photo of Tom Levitt Tom Levitt PPS (Rt Hon Hilary Benn, Secretary of State), Department for International Development

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what steps she is taking to support the work of voluntary and community organisations.

Photo of Ed Miliband Ed Miliband Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)

I have been appointed as Minister for the Third Sector by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister to focus on developing stronger policy, support and investment in the Third Sector.

There are increased numbers of volunteers and there are also increased levels of Government investment in the promotion of both volunteering and charitable giving. On 8 May my right hon. Friend the Chancellor and I launched "V", a charity to encourage young people into volunteering.

Today the Government launched a Cross-Cutting Policy Review which will look at how we can ensure the role of Third Sector organisations in contributing to the social and economic regeneration of the country.

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