British Council

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 8th November 2012.

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Photo of Graham Jones Graham Jones Opposition Assistant Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the British Council's budget for youth volunteering was in each of the last five years.

Photo of Hugo Swire Hugo Swire The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The British Council is a charity and executive non-departmental public body and has provided the following information.

The British Council's work in English, education and society and the arts around the world encompasses an array of programmes many of which include an element of youth volunteering as part of their broader objectives. Two youth volunteering projects the British Council have been engaged with in the past five years are the Global Xchange and the EU-funded Youth in Action programme.

Global Xchange was a seven-year youth volunteering programme run in partnership by the British Council and Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) from 2005-12. The Global Xchange programme came to an end in March 2012. Data for the British Council's contribution to the Global Xchange budget for the period 2007-08 to 2011-12 is provided in the following table:

  Budget (£)
2007-08 740,579
2008-09 1,660,152
2009-10 4,097,116
2010-11 1,883,438
2011-12 162,295

The British Council manages the European Union funded Youth in Action programme for young people from the UK on behalf of the Department for Education. Youth in Action includes the European Voluntary Service (EVS). Data for the EVS budget for the period 2007 to 2011 is provided in the following table:

  Budget (€)
2007 2,695,635
2008 2,607,624
2009 2,710,799
2010 2,942,867
2011 2,536,331

The International Citizen Service (ICS) is a new partnership between the Department for International Development and the VSO that builds upon the success of Global Xchange. Further information on ICS is available on the VSO website:

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