Magazine article Public Finance

Charities 'Must Not Expect Favours'

Magazine article Public Finance

Charities 'Must Not Expect Favours'

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Charities should not expect preferential treatment when competing for public service contracts, a senior voluntary sector figure has argued.

A new Comprehensive Performance Assessment methodology to be launched this summer will assess councils on how well they deliver services in partnerships with other groups, a focus that will extend to the voluntary and community sector.

But Richard Gutch, chief executive of the Futurebuilders consortium, which distributes public money to strengthen charities' abilities to deliver public services, told Public Finance this should not mean the voluntary sector was singled out for special favours.

'The voluntary and community sector needs to be clear about the added value it can bring to a service,' he said. 'That's the only way to make [voluntary sector] services more sustainable so they don't have to live from hand to mouth. …

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