Voluntary Work: Young People

International Development written question – answered on 4th May 2011.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Labour, Vale of Clwyd

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding his Department has allocated to Voluntary Service Overseas in each of the last five years; and how much funding his Department expects to allocate in each of the next five years.

Photo of Stephen O'Brien Stephen O'Brien The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development

Details of the Department for International Development's (DFID's) support to Civil Society Organisations, including Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO), are published in Statistics on International Development (SID) which is available in the House Library and online at


Figures for 2005-06 to 2009-10 are reproduced as follows. Provisional 2010-11 figures will be published in the annual report in July.

Financial year DFID support to VSO (£ million)
2005-06 28.83
2006-07 28.8
2007-08 29.35
2008-09 30.9
2009-10 34.12

VSO have a Strategic Gant Arrangement with DFID which runs until 2013-14. Funding approved under this agreement is:

Financial year DFID support to VSO (£ million)
2011-12 30.00
2012-13 26.00
2013-14 22.00

Over the three years of this Strategic Grant Arrangement, VSO will look to diversify and widen its funding base, thereby increasing income and lessening its dependence on DFID support.

VSO are also in receipt of funding of £8.37 million in 2011 for the pilot phase of the International Citizen Service programme.

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