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
    practices.

    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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