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Third Sector

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 2nd November 2011.

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Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office), Party Chair, Co-operative Party

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will set and publish targets for the number of new (a) charities, (b) co-operatives, (c) employee-owned mutuals, (d) community-owned mutuals, (e) social enterprises and (f) other third sector organisations in the UK by 2015; and if he will make a statement.

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

The creation of new civil society organisations is a matter for citizens and communities; it is not for Government to prescribe targets in this respect.

The Government are committed to supporting citizens and communities to play a bigger role in shaping how communities work and how public services get delivered. This includes measures to support the growth of civil society, through making it easier to set up and run a charity or social enterprise, making it easier to work with the state, and getting more resources into the sector.

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