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NCVO comments on CBI Open Access report

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has commented today on the CBI’s Open Access report.

Sir Stuart Etherington, Chief Executive of NCVO said:

"We are still concerned at the lack of genuine opportunities for charities in public service delivery. The CBI’s report rightly highlights that a clear vision and strong political leadership is needed to order deliver the quality of services we so desperately need and we back their call for a radical shift to measuring outcomes in public services.

“We would add a note of caution in terms of using the Work Programme as the model for public service delivery – while there is some good practice, the experience of our members is mixed and there are other models which may deliver wider benefits. The Work Programme continues to pose major issues for charities particularly around managing cash flow and taking on risk and very large contracts prevent smaller and more specialist organisations from playing their full part. More seriously it’s clear that the payment structures used continue to threaten the viability of contracts. While we agree that the shift to payment by result is broadly positive and can be part of the transformation of public services, much more work is need to help charities play their full role.”

For more information contact Chloe Stables in NCVO’s press office on 07714 243 942 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Notes to editors

The report is available on the CBI website.

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) is the umbrella body for the voluntary sector in England, with sister councils in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. NCVO has over 8,500 members, ranging from large national bodies to community groups, volunteer centres, and development agencies working at a local level. With over 280,000 staff and over 13 million volunteers working for our members, we represent and support almost half the voluntary sector workforce.

NCVO has a range of senior spokespeople available for interviews and comment. Please call Chloe Stables on 07714 243 942 to arrange a suitable time.

NCVO coordinates a Special Interest Group (SIG) for Work Programme sub-contractors represents voluntary and community organisations involved in the Government’s new welfare-to-work initiative. The group enables sub-contractors to share their experiences; provides them with information and advice; and enables NCVO to feed their feed their concerns to Government. The group is free and open to all voluntary and community organisations who act as sub-contractors in the Work Programme. Membership currently stands at around 150 Civil Society organisations and growing.

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