The government intends to produce a white paper next March on charitable giving, philanthropy and social investment, according to the Cabinet Office business plan, published yesterday.
The white paper will be preceded by a green paper next month from the Cabinet Office, the Treasury and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. This will include the results of research being conducted on philanthropy.
The Cabinet Office's business plan for 2011-15 says there will be a consultation on the green paper, which will form the basis for the white paper that will set out new policies for encouraging charitable giving.
The business plan also says the Cabinet Office will develop an action plan on encouraging volunteering and social action. The plan will be completed by May 2011, the document states.
It reveals that the names of the organisations delivering the pilot scheme for the government's National Citizen Service programme will be announced this month.
It also says the Communities First fund, which will support neighbourhood groups, will be in place by May 2011, with the Big Society Bank launched a month earlier.
The business plan also provides details of the government's intention to train 800 new community organisers by 2012. The national partner responsible for managing the scheme will be announced in January, and more groups will be appointed to train the community organisers in March.