Job losses hit NCVO

The NCVO is to make up to 21 people redundant after losing income as a result of the restructuring by Capacitybuilders of the ChangeUp infrastructure programme.

The umbrella body, which employs 135 staff, announced today that reduced funding under the new regime will oblige it to shed up to 40 posts, but the creation of jobs elsewhere in the organisation would help it limit redundancies.

The NCVO won contracts to run three of the nine new national support services that will replace the current hubs of national expertise from April. It has a hand in running four of the six hubs and submitted bids to run seven of the new services.

Total funding for the national support services will fall from £8.9m a year under the hub regime to a maximum of £6m in 2008/09 and £5.5m in the following two years.

Most of the redundancies will be among support staff working in those hubs, the NCVO said.

The three national support services the NCVO won – campaigning and advocacy, responding to social change, and leadership and governance – will create 24 new jobs

The organisation is also waiting to see if it will be commissioned by Capacitybuilders, which runs the ChangeUp programme, to provide additional services on workforce and ICT. It runs both the workforce and ICT hubs, which are not being directly replaced. Capacitybuilders is expected to make a decision by the end of February.

Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the NCVO, said in a statement: “While we are pleased to be continuing to carry out capacity building work of key importance to the voluntary sector, we are sorry that reduced funding means that some posts at the NCVO will cease to exist.

“We have begun a 30-day consultation period with staff and the union to ensure that the transition is as fair and as smooth as possible.”

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