Delayed grant is finally delivered

The Department of Health has paid CSV an outstanding grant of £3.7m - 10 months after it received the money from the Treasury.

Dame Elisabeth Hoodless, executive director of CSV, confirmed receipt of the money for the charity's Capital Volunteering programme last Thursday, but said none of the interest it has lost because of the delay - now estimated at over £100,000 - has been recovered.

The charity says it took the matter to the Office of the Third Sector in early November after appealing to the DoH and the Treasury. On 22 November it was told that a special adviser to Cabinet Office minister Hilary Armstrong had been asked to speak to care services minister Ivan Lewis.

The Office of the Third Sector says officials began work on the case in late November but third sector minister Ed Miliband was not made aware of it until the week before Christmas. He spoke to the DoH last week.

The DoH promised to pay after CSV spoke to the newspapers on 20 December.

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