On 13 February 2019, there will be a general debate in the Commons Chamber on “connecting communities by supporting charities and volunteers”. The Library has put together the following material for what may be a wide ranging debate.


DCMS, Civil Society Strategy: building a future that works for everyone (August 2018) – the Government’s vision to bring together charities, businesses and the public sector to create stronger communities.

HM Government, Integrated Communities Action Plan, February 2019

Parliamentary material

Volunteering, House of Lords debate, 21 February 2018

Charities, Social Enterprises and Voluntary Organisations, House of Lords debate, 20 February 2018

House of Lords Citizen and Civic Engagement Committee, The Ties that Bind: Citizenship and Civic Engagement in the 21st Century (HL Paper 118, April 2018) and Government Response (Cm 9629, June 2018). The Lords debated the Committee’s report on 19 November 2018.

Lords Select Committee on Charities, Stronger charities for a stronger society (HL Paper 133, March 2017) and Government response (December 2017) and Charity Commission response (January 2018). The Lords debated the Committee’s report on 16 January 2018.

National Citizen Service

Gov.UK page on the National Citizen Service for 15 to 17 year olds.

National Citizen Service website.

Charity Commission

Statement of Strategic Intent 2018–2023, October 2018

Charity Commission Chair Baroness Stowell, Speech on “forging community” at NAVCA Annual Conference 2018 – 7 December 2018

Baroness Stowell speech at RSA on the future of charity,5 October 2018

National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)

The NCVO champions volunteering and the voluntary sector. Its website includes a range of material and research on the sector. The NCVO’s strategy is also available.

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