Poor contracts deter charities

A leading voluntary sector body has warned that the government’s
drive to increase charities’ involvement in the delivery of public
services is being undermined by poor contracts.

Nearly one-third of the 70 charities surveyed by the Association
of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations reported that they
had cancelled or shut services because of poor funding

Deputy chief executive Gail Scott-Spencer said: “We have already
shown that bad contracts waste public money and mean worse services
for our clients.”

The news follows the government’s welcome last month of promises
from the Big Lottery Fund to adopt the principle of core cost
recovery and introduce more flexibility in the length of time
funding is available.

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