Voluntary Service Overseas

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 29th March 2021.

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Photo of Lord Goodlad Lord Goodlad Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the future funding of the Voluntary Service Overseas.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The impact of the global pandemic on the UK economy has forced us to take the tough but necessary decision to temporarily reduce our aid budget.

We are now working through the implications of these changes for all individual programmes and partners, including Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO).

Volunteers and volunteering organisations like VSO make an important contribution. We have offered VSO a short-term funding extension for the Volunteering for Development programme, while the review process continues.

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