Defra sets out third sector strategy

A £6m government fund for charities to run environmental projects was unveiled yesterday by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

The Greener Living Fund was announced at the launch of Defra's third sector strategy, which will include a new board of third sector leaders to advise ministers on ways the department can work with the sector. The fund is designed to help third sector organisations promote green ideals and reduce their carbon footprint.

There will also be a new strategic partnership between the department and five social enterprises organisations.

Joan Ruddock, energy and climate change minister, said the role of charities, NGOs, faith groups and social enterprise was to help change environmental behaviour.

Hilary Benn, Secretary of State for Defra, said the department would work closely with third sector organisations to tackle climate change.

Third sector minister Kevin Brennan congratulated Defra on its new policy, adding that he was delighted that the launch had taken place during Compact Week, the annual event to promote the agreement that sets out how public bodies and third sector organisations should behave towards one another.

"We must respect the voice and the independence of the third sector, and the need for fair funding and intelligent commissioning," he said.

The strategy can be found here.

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