£42.5m Volunteer Infrastructure Programme delayed

Office for Civil Society blames volume of responses to the Giving Green Paper

Office for Civil Society
Office for Civil Society

The government has delayed giving more details of a £42.5m volunteering infrastructure fund that it announced in its Giving Green Paper in December.

The green paper said the Office for Civil Society would set up a fund worth £42.5m over four years that would "provide brokerage as well as front-line support to volunteers and the organisations that manage them".

It said the fund, called the Volunteer Infrastructure Programme, would begin in March this year.

A spokesman for the OCS said more details of the programme would be in the white paper on giving, which was due to be published in May.

"The process has been delayed because we had far more responses to the green paper on giving than we expected," he said. "It’s important to look through these properly, and get things right rather than rush into them."

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