HC Deb 12 December 2002 vol 396 cc463-4W
16. Huw Irranca-Davies

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures he is taking to support voluntary sector organisations. [85264]

John Healey

The Government are committed to supporting the work of voluntary and community organisations. Following the cross cutting review of the role of the voluntary and community sector in service delivery, the Spending Review 2002 settlement for the Active Community Unit is £188 million and an additional £125 million has been allocated for futurebuilders. Following recent Budget changes, including the Budget 2000 Getting Britain Giving tax package, the value of tax incentives for charities are now worth around £2 billion a year. The Strategy Unit is consulting on improving the legal and regulatory framework for the sector, and the Chancellor and Home Secretary recently published a discussion document setting out how the Government intend to continue to promote a culture of giving and volunteering.

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