Community Sector Coalition makes all three paid staff redundant

Loss of Capacitybuilders grant means membership body will carry on with volunteers only

Community Sector Coalition
Community Sector Coalition

The Community Sector Coalition has made all three of its staff redundant, but will continue to be run by volunteers, after losing a Capacitybuilders grant that made up the bulk of its funding.

The organisation, a membership body for 30 national umbrella organisations, received about £170,000 a year over three years from the infrastructure quango, which made up between two-thirds and three-quarters of its funding, according to Matthew Scott, its chief executive.

It received £15,000 in 2010/11 from the Communities and Local Government department for being part of its voluntary sector partnership board, some of which still remains, but Scott said he was unsure whether it would be renewed.

The CSC’s other source of funding has been membership fees, but Scott said it was reviewing whether to carry on charging them because he was aware that many organisations had been struggling financially.  

The organisation has become a community interest company and will be governed by a board of directors made up of representatives from the Federation for Community Development Learning, the Community Development Exchange, the Educational Centres Association, Communities Inc and the Institute of Leadership and Community Management, all of which are members of the CSC.

Nick Beddow, chief executive of the Community Development Exchange, will chair the new organisation.

The CSC will no longer use its office, which it shares with the charity Locality, and will have a small base at London Metropolitan University, for which it will not have to pay rent.

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