Aldous seeks advice for volunteers

In the House of Commons today, Waveney MP Peter Aldous asked Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude about support for the voluntary sector in Waveney.

Aldous was responding after visiting a variety of voluntary organisations in recent months and listening to the difficulties they are having.

Peter Aldous said:
“I was pleased to have my question selected for answer today as I have been visiting many of the voluntary organisations who do such important work in Waveney. I will now be pushing the Government to provide the support necessary to the voluntary sector as soon as possible.”


Peter Aldous (Waveney) (Con): What progress his Department has made in establishing a big society bank.

The Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General (Mr Francis Maude): Sir Ronald Cohen and Nick O'Donohoe are working with us and with the banks to develop a proposal for the big society bank. As I have said, it will initially be capitalised by an investment from the mainstream banks. We are currently seeking to secure state aid approvals from the European Commission so that money from dormant bank and building society accounts can be directed towards the big society bank. Nothing along those lines had been done when the Government took office. In the meantime, we are working with the Big Lottery Fund to ensure that interim arrangements are in place by April, so that we can make early investments as soon as the first round of dormant bank account money becomes available in the summer.

Peter Aldous: Youth clubs such as the Metro, Boston Lodge and Colville House play an important role in my constituency. What guidance and financial assistance will be given to them, and to those operating new voluntary sector schemes whose aim is to take over the running of other local services such as crossing patrols and libraries, and when will that guidance and assistance be available?

Mr Maude: As my hon. Friend will know, a key part of our approach to public service reform will be encouraging voluntary and social enterprises to bid for the delivery of public services. They are being given a massive opportunity to develop different revenue streams and deliver public services in a responsive and agile way. The big society bank will deliver extra wholesale funding to the social investment market for start-up and development capital for such organisations. In the meantime, for some organisations the transition fund will provide bridging finance until those revenue streams become available.

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