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NCVO: Opening up public services to smaller charities will lead to better outcomes

Commenting on today's announcement by the minister for civil society of a package of measures to help tackle the challenge of getting small charities into the public services supply chain, Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, said:

Opening up public services commissioning to smaller charities will lead to better outcomes for the people who depend on them. The expertise of charities helps create caring, responsive and efficient public services.

But for smaller charities in particular, the barriers to involvement in public services have often been insurmountable.

These announcements send a very positive signal. For too long we have seen little progress on this issue, so I’m very pleased that the government is now grasping the nettle and beginning to tackle the complex issues involved head-on.

This is an encouraging starting point for what I hope will be ongoing efforts to make sure charities can play a full role in public services.

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