CFDG welcomes recognition of role of voluntary sector

13th November 2006

Charity Finance Directors' Group (CFDG) welcomed the arrival of the Local Government White Paper. The Paper marks a step change for its emphasis on the role the voluntary sector has to play in bringing about a new form of local government that is more accountable, inclusive in its decision-making and responsive to local needs.

Keith Hickey, Chief Executive of CFDG, said: "We welcome the commitments expressed in the White Paper and the recognition of the value the voluntary sector can bring. We look forward to engaging with local government on a new footing that reflects good funding and contracting practices".

CFDG has recently called on government to implement longer term funding practices and to allow the voluntary sector to compete for service delivery on a level playing field - two issues addressed in the White Paper. Specifically the White Paper calls for a move to three-year grants and longer term funding that is relevant to the service provided.

However, Ernese Skinner, Policy Officer at CFDG sounds a note of caution " Members tell us that there is a disconnect between central and local government. Central government is putting in place policies that are supportive of a balanced relationship that aren't being implemented at local level where much of the funding is taking place. Although these commitments go far in addressing the current issues we need to see local council and funder buy-in to these proposals."

In summary, CFDG sees the commitments in the White Paper as a signal that government is prepared to engage with the voluntary sector on a new level, recognising the skills, capacity and value it can provide. Although the White Paper acknowledges the arguments put forward in Sir Michael Lyons' latest report, 'National Prosperity, Local Choice and Civic Engagement', it is surprising that the government didn't wait for the final findings of the Lyons inquiry into local government, due out in December, before finalising the White Paper. CFDG hopes that in implementing the White Paper's proposals, government takes into account the final recommendations contained in the Lyons inquiry when it's published.

Download CFDG's briefing of the Local Government White Paper.

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Notes to Editor:

1. The Charity Finance Directors' Group was set up in 1987 and is an umbrella group that specialises in helping charities to manage their finance-related functions.

2. CFDG's 1,150 plus members are responsible for the finances of charities with a wide variety of income levels. Between them our members manage some £11.3 billion in charity income per year.

3. For further information please contact our Policy Team.


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