Magazine article Public Finance

Top-Tier Councils Choose Third Sector as a Priority

Magazine article Public Finance

Top-Tier Councils Choose Third Sector as a Priority

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The high take-up of indicators related to volunteering and third sector organisations in the latest Local Area Agreements will benefit the most vulnerable people, the Cabinet Office has claimed.

The 150 top-tier local authorities in England finalised their 35 priority indicators by June 30. Ninety-three chose either increasing regular volunteering or improving operating conditions for voluntary organisations, such as charities and community groups.

Third sector minister Phil Hope said: 'Neither of the third sector national indicators are easy options but investment in them will be paid back many times over.

'Quite simply, a strong third sector will be a powerful partner in tackling other local priorities, from reducing social exclusion to promoting sport. …

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