House of Lords written question – answered on 25 October 2011.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they have paid to each of the 10 biggest British charities in each year since 1997, whether in direct payments, consultancy fees, in relation to an advisory capacity or through any other payments.

Photo of Lord Wallace of Saltaire Lord Wallace of Saltaire Lords Spokesperson (Cabinet Office), Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

The information requested is not held centrally by the Government. The National Council for Voluntary Organisations' Civil Society Almanac provides figures for all general charities and latest figures available show that general charities received a total of £12.8 billion from Government in 2007-08.

Figures are available from 2000-01 and are broken down by grant vs. contract income, as follows:

Year Statutory contracts (£bn) Statutory grants (£bn) Total (£bn)
2000-01 4.0 4.1 8.0
2001-02 4.4 4.2 8.5
2002-03 - -
2003-04 4.7 5.0 9.6
2004-05 5.5 4.2 9.7
2005-06 7.4 3.9 11.3
2006-07 8.1 3.8 11.9
2007-08 9.1 3.7 12.8

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