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Thursday, June 14, 2018

MP calls for more government help for charities

Clwyd South MP Susan Elan Jones has called on the UK Government to do more to engage charities and social enterprises with the North Wales Growth Deal.

Questioning Wales Office Ministers in Parliament on Wednesday, she asked: "North Wales has a thriving voluntary sector and some excellent social enterprises. What engagement are Ministers in the Wales Office having with them?"

Speaking afterwards, Ms Jones (pictured) said: "I welcome the fact that Minister Stuart Andrew MP said he's spoken to the main council leader in charge of this area of engagement. However, this can't just be about the odd conversation.

"We need a serious and strategic plan for growth, engagement and development. Our North Wales charities and social enterprises need to be involved at every point in the process. And as North Wales has so many small towns and villages, we need to recognise that it is natural territory for the setting up of more local, community enterprises. 

"The Welsh Labour Government has made a massive commitment to enterprise by setting up a Development Bank and situating it in Wrexham. We need the UK Government to be providing more support too."

Her questioning of Ministers came a day after she chaired a meeting in Parliament of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Charities and Volunteering in which the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, the Charity Tax Group, community development organisation Locality, the Institute of Fundraising, Big Society Capital and the Charity Finance Group put forward their ideas of how this year's Budget can help charities and social enterprises. 

The group, which is co-chaired by Susan Elan Jones, will be present a formal submission to the Chancellor of the Exchequer in advance of this year's Budget.

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