Government increases funding for v to £39m

Angela Smith, Minister for the Third Sector, announces increases for three more schemes but cuts to Capacitybuilders

The Cabinet Office plans to increase funding for the youth volunteering charity v from £38.1m in 2009/10 to £39m in 2010/11, according to figures announced in Parliament.

In response to a question from Francis Maude, the shadow cabinet office minister, third sector minister Angela Smith said her department had allocated £39m to the organisation for the financial year 2010/11.

She said funding for the Government's Access to Volunteering project, which gives grants to help volunteering groups involve disabled volunteers, would be increased from £650,000 to £1.35m in the same period.

The Generations Together scheme, which funds projects that strengthen relationships between young people and old people, will rise from £1m to £1.5m, and the Volunteer Management programme, which supports professional development for volunteer managers, will increase from £900,000 to £2.2m.

But the figures also showed that, as previously announced, funding for infrastructure body Capacitybuilders would fall from £38.5m to £30m.

Smith said the Cabinet Office had not yet made any allocations to any of the programmes beyond March 2011.

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