Contracts stump most public bodies

Two-thirds of public bodies say there are barriers to drawing up
contracts with the voluntary and community sector.

The survey for the Futurebuilders £125m fund – set up by
the Home Office to increase the role that the voluntary and
community sector plays in the delivery of public services – cites
financial, policy and structural constraints.

It also finds evidence of contracts failing to take account of
the full financial costs to voluntary groups of providing services.
Only 3 per cent of the 30 purchasers surveyed said their contracts
covered loan repayments and interest. Training costs were included
by 60 per cent and start-up costs by half.

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