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News - 8 October 2004
|Fiona MacTaggart MP|
Minister applauds business contribution to communities
The support of British business is vital to building strong, active communities. So says Home Office Minister, Fiona Mactaggart, as new findings on employer-supported volunteering and giving were published.
The report Employer-supported volunteering and giving: Findings from the 2001 Home Office Citizenship Survey shows that many companies are already making a difference in their communities by giving staff the opportunity to volunteer or donate money to charity. Key findings in the report are: * Approximately 1.5 million employees participate in employer-supported volunteering schemes in England and Wales, contributing around 68 hours each per year - just under two working weeks - with an equivalent value of around £1.1 billion.
* Approximately 2.8 million people in England and Wales participate in employer-supported schemes for giving.
* People who volunteer or give through these schemes are above-average participants in other voluntary and community activities. In Brighton the Business and Community Partnership organises opportunities for employers to Volunteers To Rid The City Of Graffiti participate in activities that benefit the community (see story in Knowledge Base).
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