Government to consult on reform of sector infrastructure bodies, says Nick Hurd

Civil society minister also says a white paper on reform of public service commissioning will be published this autumn

The Office for Civil Society will launch a consultation on plans to reform voluntary sector infrastructure bodies, civil society minister Nick Hurd has announced.

At a meeting of the all-party parliamentary group on civil society and volunteering, held in the House of Commons yesterday, Hurd said the Labour government had spent a lot of money on infrastructure. This was likely to be cut, regardless of the outcome of the comprehensive spending review this autumn.

The consultation would be published in the autumn, a Cabinet Office spokesman said.

Hurd also said the government would publish a white paper on reforms to public service commissioning this autumn. He said the proposals would include longer-term, outcome-based contracts and allow charities and social enterprises that bid for government contracts to earn a return on their investment.

Hurd said he was concerned about the voluntary sector’s "growing dependence" on state funding. "In the long term, the government should be a catalyst for enabling charities to get resources from non-state sources," he said.

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