An independent ombudsman to “name and shame”
organisations guilty of bad practice in the way they contract with
the voluntary sector should be established by the government, a
report published this week recommends, writes Sally
It is one of a number of key proposals to come out of a
year-long study by the New Philanthropy Capital and published by
the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations into
government-funding of the voluntary sector.
Acevo chief executive Stephen Bubb welcomed the call, arguing
that delivering public services would give charities a great
opportunity to improve people’s lives but that they could not
be run on “hand-to-mouth funding”.
The recommendation, alongside ones to set up an accreditation
body to kitemark funders and a penalty scheme for those who fail to
comply with a funding framework, should be implemented by 2006.
To achieve a kitemark, funders would have to abide by a numbers
of principles including giving multi-year contracts and allowing an
appropriate timescale for service development.
New funding models are also proposed within the report,
including “year-zero grants”, which would give
organisations time and money to become established before being
expected to deliver services.
Head of the National Consumer Council Ed Mayo said: “The
research has uncovered an archaic, deeply inefficient array of
funding models, based on a spare change mentality that stifles more
effective action and leads to debilitating insecurity.”