Government gives Groundwork UK £42m in three years

Communities and Local Government Department releases details of funding arrangements on request of Lib Dem MP

Environmental charity Groundwork UK has received £42m in the past three years from the Communities and Local Government department, according to a list released by the department.

The department was responding to a parliamentary question by Liberal Democrat MP Mark Oaten, who wanted to know which charities it had given more than £100,000 in the past three years.

The list names Groundwork UK as the biggest recipient of CLG funds by far. According to the list, the charity received almost £20m, with £3.7m in 2005/06 rising to £10.3m in 2007/08.

However, the department's response admits the list may not be complete, and a spokesman for the charity told Third Sector that the true figures were £14m for each of the three years.

He said most of the funding was spent on the charity's local projects and programmes across England, governed by a delivery agreement with CLG. "A proportion of the money is used to support the national and regional infrastructure of the organisation," he added.

Other charities that received significant CLG funding were homelessness charities St Mungo's (£9.4m), Look Ahead (£8.2m) and Shelter (£6.1m).

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