Head of Carnegie Trust urges sector to retain identity

The departing chief executive of the Carnegie UK Trust has called for the voluntary sector to preserve its spirit of independence in the face of ever-closer relations with government.

Writing in the trust's annual report, John Naylor said: "Independent resources are vital at a time when central government increasingly regards the voluntary sector as a means of delivering public service; when local government, itself under pressure, often squeezes the sector, and when reduced lottery income is increasingly directed by government policy.

"The voluntary sector must be vigilant in maintaining its independence in the face of these growing and sometimes enticing approaches."

Naylor, who joins the board of the Community Fund in Scotland on 1 April after 10 years as chief executive, said that trusts and foundations had a unique role to play in maintaining a freedom to experiment.

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