Government failing to consult with the sector, says NCVO

The Government is failing to consult with the voluntary sector on key issues, according to a report published by NCVO.

The report states that although the Government pays lip service to the value of the Compact, the document that outlines the relationship between the Government and the voluntary sector, it often fails to listen.

The Criminal Records Bureau is highlighted as a particularly bad example: when it was established, only two voluntary sector representatives were consulted and their fears were "largely ignored". Last month's doubling of fees for record checks was carried out without any consultation.

NCVO chief executive Stuart Etherington said: "If consultation is to be effective it must be meaningful."

Shelter director Adam Sampson also called for better co-operation between the statutory and voluntary sectors during a speech at the Local Government Association conference last week.

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