Delays loom for report on capacity-building bodies

The National Audit Office has delayed publication of its report into whether the Government's third sector programmes ChangeUp and Futurebuilders are good value for money.

Building Capacity in the Third Sector was scheduled for spring 2008, but last month the publication date was moved to July. The NAO has now told Third Sector that it will be released later in 2008.

The document will examine how the Government determined the need for capacity-building programmes, how ChangeUp and Futurebuilders were designed to meet those needs and how they have performed so far.

The Government recently put the Futurebuilders contract out to tender and awarded it to the Adventure Capital Fund rather than the incumbent, Futurebuilders England. Capacitybuilders has recently transferred some of its resources from the six national hubs to nine national support services. It is looking for a chief executive after the departure of Simon Hebditch in March.

Futurebuilders is a £215m fund. Capacitybuilders' 2004-08 programme was £150m, with £88m in the 2008-11 spending round.

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