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Cabinet Office written question – answered on 9th February 2011.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Labour, Vale of Clwyd

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many officials in his Department are engaged in work related to the Government's big society initiative.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

The Office for Civil Society (OCS) leads the Government's contribution to building the big society. It works right across Whitehall and beyond to translate the big society vision into practical policies and deliver a radical change in the relationship between the citizen and the state.

On 31 December 2010, 86 members of the OCS were working on the big society issues. Staff work on a broad range of policy areas and are currently engaged on piloting the National Citizens Service with 30,000 young people, building the big society bank, training 5,000 community organisers, delivering the £100 million Transition Fund as well as policy development in the areas of philanthropy and giving, reforming public services, charity law, volunteering, social enterprise and social investment.

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