Members of the Lords will debate the role of the voluntary sector and social enterprise today (Thursday 21 June)
Baroness Scott of Needham Market (Liberal Democrat), a former president of the Liberal Democrats, tabled the debate.
Members interested and supportive of the voluntary sector and social enterprises, like charities and cooperatives, have added their names to speak at the debate. Speakers expected to contribute include:
- Baroness Benjamin (Liberal Democrat), vice president of children's charity Barnardos
- Lord Shipley (Liberal Democrat), North-East chairman for youth charity the Prince's Trust
- Lord Stone of Blackheath (Labour), trustee for Prism a charity that encourages tax effective charitable giving
- Baroness Thornton (Labour/Co-operative), adviser to social enterprise sports and leisure services trade organisation Sporta and senior associate to Social Business International which promotes social enterprises in the UK and Europe.
Lord Wallace of Saltaire (Liberal Democrat) will respond on behalf of the government.